National Drill 2021: Here's what to do in case of an earthquake


On Monday, June 21 at 11:30 a.m., the National Drill 2021 will take place. For this purpose, the seismic alert will sound from the 12,826 loudspeakers installed on poles in Mexico City. The purpose is to learn the precautionary and accident prevention measures as well as the capacity to react to an emergency of this size.

The same will occur in television channels and radio stations throughout the country. For this drill, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake will be assumed, with origin 4 kilometers south of Papayo, Guerrero, and 300 kilometers away, which would result in a catastrophic scenario for Mexico City.

At Avenida Juarez No. 60, another drill will be carried out to simulate the partial collapse and fire of a room on the second floor of the hotel, assuming that there are people trapped in the place. For this purpose, the Heroic Fire Department will carry out search and rescue exercises for victims. At the same time, the Rescue and Medical Emergencies Squadron (ERUM) will carry out exercises to extract victims from collapsed structures.

The objectives of the National Drill 2021

To inform the population and citizens.

Disseminate the culture of Civil Protection.

Improve the emergency and disaster response capacity of SINAPROC members.

Evaluate and correct an effective response to possible real emergency or disaster situations.

Examine how safe the property and its surroundings are.

Prepare actions to be taken to improve safety conditions.

Design evacuation routes, as well as choose the place where people will be concentrated in case of disaster.

List the tools and materials that are recommended to have on hand for self-protection, communication, and continuous training of personnel.

This drill was postponed last May in order to advance in the vaccination process, and now that Mexico City has turned yellow on the epidemiological semaphore light, extra precautions must also be taken in order to maintain sanitary protocols.

By Mexicanist