What You Need to Know About the #MMShakeDrill

From things to do to closed roads.

Shake Drill


(SPOT.ph) After the video of the Metro Manila Development Authority’s dance challenge went viral, you probably know by now that the second annual Metro Manila Shake Drill will be held on Wednesday, June 22. The Metro-wide earthquake drill will simulate the possible effects of a 7.2-magnitude tremor to prepare everyone in the event of what they call the "Big One," a major movement of the West Valley Fault that traverses Metro Manila. The drill will definitely affect that work day—as earthquakes will—and here's what you need to know.



When will it happen?

The #MMShakeDrill will be conducted on June 22, Wednesday at 9 a.m. Radio stations will sound the earthquake alarm while churches, schools, and other institutions are encouraged to sound their own bells or sirens to signal the start of the drill.



Who should participate?

  • People in Metro Manila
  • People outside Metro Manila (for the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill)
  • Anyone who doesn't want to die should a real earthquake happen





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What should you do at 9 a.m.?


If you're inside a building...

  1. Perform the duck, cover, and hold maneuver for 45 seconds.
  2. Evacuate to a safe, open area.


If you're inside a vehicle...

  1. As soon as you see traffic officers holding up signs for the drill, stop your car for one minute.
  2. In the event of a real earthquake, you should pull to the side of the road, stay inside the vehicle until the shaking stops, then evacuate to a safe, open area.


If you're at home...

  1. Perform the duck, cover, and hold maneuver for 45 seconds.
  2. You don't have to evacuate your house, but stay away from glass windows, shelves, and cabinets.



What is a safe open area?

Anywhere away from structures that are likely to fall or collapse, such as buildings, billboards, power lines, trees, lamp posts, and poles.





Will trains be operational?

The MRT, LRT-1, and LRT-2 will stop running at 9 a.m. There will be a rescue scenario along the LRT line. In the event of a real earthquake, MRT and LRT operators will stop the train during the tremor, then take it to the nearest station as soon as the shaking stops. Commuters will be asked to evacuate upon the instruction of the security personnel.



Which roads will be closed?

One of the simulated scenarios on June 22 is a collapsed Guadalupe Bridge in Makati City. The northbound side of the EDSA-Guadalupe Bridge will be partially closed, as well as the Guadalupe Bridge ramp to EDSA-Northbound from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Affected vehicles are advised to take C5 via Kalayaan Avenue and McKinley Road; and EDSA Southbound and U-turn at Buendia or Ayala Avenue, respectively.






What should you do after the #MMShakeDrill?

It doesn't end with a simulation of the aftermath of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. Experts say that the "Big One" may happen in our lifetime. If the West Valley Fault moves, the whole Metro Manila will be affected. This is essentially why we have the #MMShakeDrill—to stay calm should the real one happen and follow what we practiced.


Also read: The Survival Kit Checklist


Art by Warren Espejo

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