Because preparedness is the key to survival in major disasters, SM Bulacan Malls actively participated and supported MMDA’s “Metro Manila Shake Drill”. For this year’s drill, Bulacan and other nearby provinces were tapped to conduct similar preventive measures under Oplan Metro Yakal Plus, the improved disaster assessment plan of the MMDA.
The drill that dealt with 7.2 magnitude earthquake scenarios, the expected magnitude from the West Valley fault, happened at exactly 9 am before the mall opening.
“The drill is in preparation for the massive earthquake predicted to hit the country anytime in the next few years” shares SM City San Jose Del Monte Mall Manager Arch. Erlinda Estrella.
Strong wailing siren; signaling everyone to “duck, cover and hold”, evacuation and rescue drill simulations were staged in SM City Marilao and SM City San Jose Del Monte to increase and strengthen the mall’s Emergency Response Group (ERG) preparedness, response capabilities, and coordination among tasked units.
Apart from the earthquake simulation, challenging mock-up situations such as traumatized customers covered and injured by falling debris, and severely injured victim with fractures were also carried out to boost the mall’s ERG’s first aid skills as well as the capacity level of the group to account for all people in the mall premises.
Post drill assessment followed. Both malls were lauded for its readiness, systematic measure, and proper response before, during, and after the possible 7.2 magnitude tremor.
Also as part of the shake drill, SM City Marilao and SM City San Jose Del Monte likewise conducted refresher course on its employees and affiliates on earthquake preparedness. Topics like earthquake worst case scenarios, evacuation route, and first aid treatment were taken to build contingency plans in meeting the realities that 7.2 magnitude quake will present when it strikes.