July is National Disaster Resilience Month in the country by virtue of Executive Order No. 29 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte on 28 June 2017. Formerly called National Disaster Consciousness Month, the observance was renamed to NDRM to highlight the shift from disaster awareness building to disaster resilience.
This year’s theme is “Katatagan sa Kalamidad ay Makakamtan Kapag Sapat ang Kaalaman sa Kahandaan” or 4K in short.
“The responsibility in disaster risk management does not lie on DND, NDRRMC, and OCD alone. It is everyone’s concern, hence citizens, political leaders, government institutions, private organizations, and civil society organizations must work towards building a resilient nation.” NDRRMC Chair and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said during the Run for Resilience in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City last July 1, 2018.
One of the most common disasters that disrupt the functions of society, and cause vast environmental, economic, human and material losses is fire. Here are some tips from UP Open University on what to do in a fire situation.
Please click the following link for other important tips on disaster readiness:
Consumer Health Digest (2018). National Disaster Consciousness Month: Get Ready for Situations. http://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/health-awareness/national-disaster-consciousness-month.html Accessed 23 July 2018.
(Consuelo Dl. Habito)