Government agencies and private companies are reactivating their emergency drills with the release by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) of its latest findings about the West Valley Fault.

Phivolcs Director Renato U. Solidum, Jr. warned that based on the movement pattern (every 400 or so years) of the West Valley Fault, the next tremor could happen in not-so-distant future. What happened in Nepal recently gives us an idea of the devastation if an earthquake with more than 7 intensity would occur along the fault that transects Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, Makati, Taguig, and Muntinlupa.

The best way to lessen the destruction, damage, loss of lives and injuries is to be prepared. The most basic in preparation is to be informed.

Some may say that no amount of training would prepare one when disaster strikes, still it’s better than being caught unprepared.