MANILA, Philippines – For Albay Governor Joey Salceda, “zero casualty” is not just a number. “It is an entire community trying to fight climate change.”
The province has been cited as one of the most prepared for disasters in the country. Its systems are in place to give local executives authority to make life-saving decisions, like ordering pre-emptive evacuations.
It also allows them to begin the recovery process faster.
Just hours after Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) made landfall in Albay on July 14, 2014, residents of the disaster-prone province began to clean up the streets and repair their damaged homes.
Though Glenda was a strong typhoon, Albay reported zero casualty as a result of this culture of preparedness.
Rappler, in cooperation with the Australian Government and various Philippine government and non-governmental institutions, explores just what it takes to make #ZeroCasualty a reality, both at the national and local levels. (READ: Making #ZeroCasualty a reality)
Through Project Agos – Rappler’s collaborative platform for disaster preparedness and climate change awareness – the public and those who must deal with the impact of climate change can work together to build the culture of proactive resiliency.
Rappler held a conversation on Twitter and in the live blog below. You can continue the conversation online and offline by telling us how you can make #ZeroCasualty a reality.
You can also make and share your pledge for #ZeroCasualty on social media.
Each one of us has a part to play to ensure our communities are safe and prepared for any crisis. – Rappler.com
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