By Henry James G. Roca, PREP DRR Field Assistant
TANAUAN, LEYTE—Eleven Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committees (BDRRMC) participated in a tabletop simulation and drill exercise organized by the Planning for Resilience and Effective Preparedness (PREP) Project of Catholic Relief Services at the Tanauan Civic Center last August 27, 2016. Considered as a dry-run of the upcoming Municipal-wide Typhoon Drill Exercise, the event was also attended by different Disaster Risk Reduction Management Stakeholders, including the Municipal and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Offices (M/PDRRMO) and ACCESS 5.
The BDRRMCs came from the barangays of Sto. Niño, San Roque, Magay, Sacme, Cabuynan, Bislig, Atipolo, Mohon, Camire, Calogcog, and Sta. Cruz; they comprise eleven of the forty barangays covered by the USAID OFDA-funded PREP Project implemented by CRS.
During the drill exercise, the barangays were presented with scenarios before, during, and after a typhoon and were instructed to compose a response and action plan for each level. Their work was later evaluated by staff from the PDRRMO. The BDRRMCs were able to use their newly-developed, Community-Based Early Warning Systems (EWS) as guides in creating their action plans.
The tabletop drill was held to evaluate the decision-making skills of each BDRRMC during a disaster, validate its emergency preparedness and response plan, and prepare people of authority to manage both crises and information in emergency situations.
The Municipal-wide Typhoon Drill held on September 17, 2016, will cap activities of the PREP Project, which is ending on September 30, 2016.
Later this month in Palo Municipality, 23 Barangays will attend a day-long Municipal Sharing Event of their BDRRMC Plans on the 2nd Floor of the Municipal Grand Hall on September 2, 2016.
The PREP Project aims to prepare communities in Tanauan and Palo Municipalities to effectively respond to disaster by helping barangays organize BDRRMCs, conducting training on DRR, and assisting communities to create effective and realistic action plans.