Disaster Preparedness refers to the process of ensuring that an organization:
- has complied with the preventive measures;
- is in a state of readiness to contain the effects of a forecasted disastrous event to minimize loss of life, injury, and damage to property;
- can provide rescue, relief, rehabilitation, and other services in the aftermath of the disaster; and
- has the capability and resources to continue to sustain its essential functions without being overwhelmed by the demand placed on them.
Preparedness for the first and immediate response is called emergency preparedness.
THE devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Japan and the tsunami that came in its wake on March 11 have forced Filipinos to confront a grim reality.
As early as 2004, the Metropolitan Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study (MMEIRS) had projected that a “big earthquake…unlike any tragedy seen or imagined in Metro Manila” was imminent after research indicated that “active phases of the (West) Valley Faults are approaching and that the estimated magnitude will be around 7 or more.”
In case you happen to be inside the office building during an earthquake, here is what you should do:
- Stay calm. Do not panic. Open the main entrance of the floor. Security should immediately deactivate/override door access systems to ensure free access to exits.