Club conducts Crisis Preparedness Seminar atadopted school
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Club conducts Crisis Preparedness Seminar at adopted school
The club teamed up with the Crisis Preparedness Center (CPC) on 29 March for a crisis preparedness seminar for students and faculty of our adopted school, the Gen. Pio del Pilar National High School in Poblacion, Makati. The seminar was handled by Dr. Mike Vergara, CPC president, with Pres. Pepito Bengzon as special guest. The Center had earlier received from the club a grant for P97,500 to fund the seminars it conducts for various groups.
The seminar aims to teach people—in neighborhoods, schools, buildings—what to do in case a disaster strikes or a serious emergency takes place. As defined by the CPC, a disaster is a damaging or destructive event, natural or man-made, that causes serious loss, destruction, hardship, unhappiness or death , or “an event or series of events that result in casualties and/or damage to or loss of property, infrastructure, essential services, means of livelihood and/or lives on a scale beyond the normal capacity of the affected community to cope, unaided.” A disaster may involve typhoons, tsunamis, floods, fires, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, mudslides, trash slides, toxic spillage, and even armed conflicts.
The Crisis Management Center is holistic in approach and comprehensive in scope. As such it is involved in a variety of measures aimed at mitigating effects or reducing risks, preparing people for the emergency, responding to the situation, and rehabilitating the affected place and people. While ‘preparedness' covers several activities including situational analysis, risk assessment, planning, training/skills building and education, equipping, organization or tasking, and protocol & policies, rehabilitation calls for the restoration of basic services such as water and electric power, and the repair of damage to physical, social and economic infrastructure.
Another concern of the Center is disaster management, which encompasses all aspects of planning for and responding to disasters, or pre- and post-disaster activities. In effect it is the management of both the risks and consequences of disaster.
At the seminar the participants discussed the components of a disaster management plan process, including: identification of people who can be affected as well as the people who can help, a study of the situation, risk assessment, , and linkages, among others.
What the participants learned about preparation for a crisis and what to do in case disaster strikes will serve them in good stead should the need arise. They were also given printed handouts and a brochure titled, “Things to Remember in an Emergency--A Quick Guide for Kids.”