Friday, June 21, 2019

EMC simulates SRR role in Eastern Mindanao during NSED

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – The readiness of Eastern Mindanao Command's (EMC) fortified its disaster preparedness after simulating its role as lead agency in Search, Rescue, and Retrieval (SRR) cluster in the whole Eastern Mindanao during disasters of great magnitude, during the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED), held nationwide on June 20, 2019.

The Command executed the drill in two phases: the first phase was focused on Duck, Cover and Hold evacuation procedure while the second phase was the simulation of the Command's role of overseeing the SRR operations in Eastern Mindanao. It also covered communication exercises among its subordinate units, battle staff action, and Rapid Damage Assessment Survey.

During the drill, the Command likewise simulated a crisis management action via video teleconference with the National Command Post at Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.

Lt. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander of Eastmincom reiterated the importance of the drill to the Command, being the lead agency in SRR Operations.

"Being the lead agency in SRR cluster, our exercise must go beyond duck, cover and hold to ensure our readiness and preparedness in carrying out our role in the wide range of disaster risk reduction management," Lt. Gen. Santos Jr. said.

The event here was evaluated by an Inter-Agency Team from the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (DRRMC) XI while the video teleconference in the National Command Post in Bayugan City was supervised and evaluated by the members of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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