Friday, 24 August 2018 09:16

RCAM Personnel participate in Emergency Drill

Personnel of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) housed in Arzobispado de Manila participated in Shelter-In-Place and Fire Evacuation Drills on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at their office in Intramuros, Manila. It is aimed at preparing and ensuring the readiness of the community in responding to various types of crisis and disasters.

The Station Commander of Intramuros Fire Sub-Station Chief Inspector Jema B. Wee and her team witnessed the drills. 

Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

Shelter-In-Place Drill (in situations where there is an imminent threat to one’s safety)

The rapid ringing of the bell signaled the beginning of the drill at 4 in the afternoon while two unidentified men entered the building. Employees inside their offices closed and locked the doors and windows, and sought cover. Lights were turned off and mobile phones and other devices were turned into silent mode.

Those employees outside the room or those who are in the lobby, stairs, and hallway looked for a safe and secure place.  They also placed their gadgets into silent mode. 

Everyone was in silence until an announcement over the Public Address (PA) system was made that ended the drill.


A few minutes after the first drill, the fire alarm was activated. All the employees came out from their rooms carrying their personal belongings. Some brought with them important documents and laptop. Members of the RCAM disaster team immediately guided the employees in proceeding to the parking lot designated as the evacuation area. The Disaster Team made sure that no employees were left inside the building.

Last August 2, 2018, an Earthquake and Compound Shutdown Drills were also conducted to familiarize the employees what to do in case an actual earthquake and other emergency happen.

The Emergency Drill was organized by Emergency Response Team composed of volunteer employees from the different department. ERT is chair by Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)



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