LGUs prepare for #RubyPH
MANILA, Philippines – Various local government units are preparing for the anticipated onslaught of Typhoon Ruby (International name Hagupit).
As of morning of December 5, Friday, the typhoon is located at 435 kilometers east of Borongan, Eastern Samar. It has a big chance of hitting land in the northern area of Samar island by Saturday, December 6.
Areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) are getting ready more than a day before the typhoon is expected to make landfall.
Local governments in Bantayan Island and Ormoc City, among others, have held preparedness coordination meetings. Barangay captains, local officials, and members of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) discussed the proper measures to be implemented in preparation for #RubyPH.
Local officials said this would ensure that the response will be systematic and effective.
Operation centers have been set up in strategic areas in municipalities and cities in order to centralize communications before, during, and after the disaster.
In Ormoc City, the lobby of the municipal hall serves as a one-stop shop for all the needed information regarding #RubyPH, including the current track of the typhoon which can be checked by residents.
Local institutions are also doing their part to provide the public with important disaster preparedness information, to keep them safe.
The Visayas State University has deployed a mobile public warning system to inform residents inside the campus and nearby areas on what to prepare for #RubyPH.
Preemptive evacuations have been ordered by city officials. According to several Disaster Risk and Reduction Management officers, it is better to be ahead of the impact of the impending typhoon in order to reduce casualties to zero.
For areas with villages in far islets like Bantayan Island, boats have been commissioned to ferry residents to safety. This has been ongoing since Thursday, December 4.
In Tacloban, families, especially those from coastal barangays like Village 88, have evacuated to the city's astrodome in preparation for the typhoon, according to World Vision. The usually crowded streets have become deserted earlier than usual as everyone anticipates the onslaught of #RubyPH.
A lot of people are already strengthening their houses as they prepare for the expected strong winds that #RubyPH will bring.
World Vision's Joy Maluyo said Yolanda survivors living in bunkhouses are not taking things lightly, and are now making sure that their homes would withstand the expected typhoon.
The decision of local governments to cancel classes in the coming days has paved the way for students, especially those living in far places, to go home and prepare for the typhoon.
Jeepney and bus terminals have been crowded throughout the day as people flock to get a ride to their hometowns before the typhoon is to make landfall.
Although PAGASA maintains that #RubyPH is not as strong as Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), residents are taking precautionary measures to ensure that #ZeroCasualty will be achieved. – Rappler.com
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