The 2022 National Drill will be held on September 19: Civil Protection

The National Drill is being conducted to gain knowledge regarding safety precautions, methods for preventing accidents, and the capabilities necessary to respond in the event of a crisis of a significant magnitude.

The 2022 National Drill will be held on September 19: Civil Protection
On September 19th, 2022, the nation will participate in a Civil Protection Simulation. Photo by Jose Antonio Gallego Vázquez / Unsplash

Myriam Urzua, general director of Civil Protection CDMX, announced this Monday that the National Drill 2022 will be held on September 19 at 12:19 pm. With the assumption of an earthquake Magnitude 8.1 with a location 42 km northwest of Mira, Michoacán.

Promoting the culture of Civil Protection and improving preventive actions in the event of an earthquake, are part of the objectives of the National Drill 2022 to be held on September 19 at 12:19 pm, as announced by the National Civil Protection Coordination (CNPC).

A drill is a rehearsal that serves to reinforce and improve action protocols, it tests the response capacity of the members of a family, it is essential to have the Family Civil Protection Plan, the internal protection brigades of public buildings, and the authorities.

What is a Family Civil Protection Plan?

The Family Civil Protection Plan is a guide for you and your family to know what to do before, during, and after an emergency or disaster.

The Family Plan allows us to know how safe our home and its surroundings are, as well as to design evacuation routes and encourage participation in drills.

If we include the children and elderly members of our family in the review of the Family Plan, we will be able to know their needs and concerns and improve our response the next time an earthquake occurs.

The 4D's to elaborate your Family Plan

Detect: Risks and safety zones, both inside and outside your home. Check furniture and facilities.
Design: Draw a sketch of possible evacuation routes, and point out the risks detected and how to reduce them.
Decide: Be prepared to make the most appropriate decisions to face disasters according to possible circumstances, this will help you to know how to act in the presence of a disturbing phenomenon.
Determine: Conduct at least three drills a year. Based on your experiences, update your plan.

Last but not least, the Emergency Backpack should contain important documents, a family and institutional directory, a radio and lamps with batteries, a first aid kit, a tool kit, and a two-day shelter.

The drills remind us that Mexico is a very seismically active country and allow us to practice civil protection recommendations on what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.

The objectives of the National Drill

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 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 to maintain sanitary protocols.