Bantayan Island NGOs get ready for #RubyPH
MANILA, Philippines – Local communities are not the only ones preparing for Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) – non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are also hunkering down and moving their teams to safer areas.
In Batayan Island at the northern tip of Cebu, volunteers of local-NGO Young Pioneer Disaster Response (YPDR) spent the whole of Thursday, December 4, and the morning of Friday, December 5, getting ready for Typhoon Ruby.
The YPDR volunteers made sure their facilities and the communities they’ve helped were ready to face strong winds and rains.
The volunteers also helped secure Oxfam’s satellite Internet system.
YPDR Executive Director Nick Brown said the organization’s disaster response team is preparing to respond to any eventuality, as are many of the local communities of Bantayan Island.
Brown and Chris White, YPDR president, said they saw local islets being preemptively evacuated, boats being stored, trees being pruned, and crops harvested.
Potential evacuation centers were also being prepared to receive families living along coastal and hazard-prone areas.
They sent this video to MovePH.
Brown added other NGOs like Tambuyog, Damgo sa Kaugmaon, Philippine Red Cross, Caritas and Oxfam have teams stationed on the island.
Bantayan Island was devastated with a direct hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda 13 months ago. It is estimated that 6,000 to 10,000 families remain in tents and unsafe shelters.
Despite building over 900 shelters since Yolanda, YPDR has made a significant though insufficient dent in local needs. – Rappler.com
For more information on YPDR and how you can volunteer visit their website: http://www.ypdr.org or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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