To support the government’s disaster awareness efforts, the Ateneo de Davao University participated in the 2nd Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) slated Wednesday June 22.

Prior to the drill, the University distributed pamphlets, posted online reminders and showed videos on what to do during an earthquake.

Ateneo modified its emergency alarm for earthquake alerts to be easily distinguished from other types of emergencies. The alarms played over the University’s synchronized Public Address System.

All students, staff and faculty were instructed to execute the “drop, cover and hold” during the drill and the “cover head and crouch” procedure during the evacuation.

Wardens on each floor of the building guided everyone to the nearest emergency exit. There are 6 assembly areas set for the different buildings in the university.

Ateneo has also set First Aid Areas and Incident Command Posts. Search and Rescue teams also extended assistance to differently-abled persons during the evacuation.

CHED Memorandum No. 74, s. of 2016 dated 7 June 2016 and Republic Act No. 10121 (or the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act), enjoin private and public colleges and schools to participate in the earthquake drill as part of Disaster Preparedness.

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