PHC Supports Metro-wide Earthquake Drill
In observance of Disaster Consciousness Month, and in support of the Metro Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) emergency preparedness initiative, "Metro-wide Shake Drill 2015", the Philippine Heart Center conducted its own earthquake and fire drill on July 30, 2015.
The PHC drill was held simultaneously with that of the MMDA from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Whistle, siren and other alarm sounds, followed by the hospital-wide paging for an earthquake and fire, signalled the start of the supposedly 45-second groundshake and the drill in the hospital complex.
Zone Captains alerted the staff, gathered them, and led them to the evacuation sites where a head count was conducted. PHC employees and medical staff, patients and visitors, with their heads covered, simultaneously went down the stairs from all floors, in what seemed to be a sudden exodus, towards the lobby and out into the driveway of the three buildings.
Outside the complex along East Avenue, public transport vehicles were at a standstill. Traffic flow was halted except to make way for the rushing police cars, ambulances and fire trucks with blaring sirens.
The evacuation areas were as follows: Hospital Building (East Avenue Parking Area), Medical Arts Building (MAB facade near PUSO sculpture) and Annex Building (Front of Annex Bldg along Matalino Street side). An Incident Command Post was set up in the hospital parking area, together with tents where the patients and the "injured" persons were brought for first aid treatment. An ambulance was on hand to transport them to another hospital, as necessary.
In preparation for this activity, a training program on "Actual Transport Techniques" was conducted by the division of Nursing Education and Research on July 27, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Dr. Aventura Hall.
The drill was successfully concluded within less than an hour without any hitches or injury among the participants. The Hospital Emergency Preparedness team later met for a post-evaluation of the activity.
Last Modified: July 31, 2015