Smart provides emergency communication facilities for quake drills

MANILA-- Smart Communications will provide its emergency communications equipment for the earthquake and tsunami drills in Metro Manila and Davao City on July 14, 2017.

Smart will also deploy its Smart Satellite solutions and LTE mobile connection to ensure seamless communications among emergency responders which will complement the free calling and charging services for the use of the drill participants.

We understand how important communication is, especially in times of calamities. Our ECBS and satellite solutions, as well as traditional fixed and wireless services, are deployed to affected areas as we recognize communications as a form of relief, PLDT and Smart public affairs head Ramon Isberto said in a statement.

The drills which aim to prepare for the eventuality of a magnitude 7.2 earthquake will start at 9a.m. in Davao City and 4p.m. in Metro Manila.

Officials of Davao City and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will signal the start of the city- and metro-wide drills by using Smart's Emergency Cell Broadcast System (ECBS), which will send alert messages to residents in the area informing them of the activity.

Leading the drill in Davao City are Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer and Central 911 chief Emmanuel Jaldon, and key participating units.

In Metro Manila, the event will be spearheaded by the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC) and managed by the MMDA, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and other agencies and stakeholders.

As a member of the emergency telecommunications cluster of the NDRRMC, Smart has provided communication aid during calamities, including free broadcast alerts, free texts, calls and charging, and satellite solutions to LGUs and response teams. It is also a founding signatory of GSMA's Human Connectivity Charter (HCC), which aims to empower operators to improve their disaster resilience through mobile technology.

Through its #SafePH advocacy and as part of its commitment to the HCC, Smart promotes resilience using technology and communications through its emergency mobile solutions such as the Batingaw disaster preparedness app and the Agos community aid SMS platform, as well as on-ground community caravans such as the Tropang Ready educational series for the youth.

This year's drills will focus on early recovery-rehabilitation capacity, testing response and rescue, command and control, and communication systems.

Local government officials are tasked to design scenarios for disaster response. At the barangay level, officials may hold evacuation drills and feeding and assess emergency plans.

Source: Philippines News Agency