QUICK LINKS: Preparing your community for disasters
What areas are more prone to disasters? Is your community prepared for when calamities strike? Get to know what disaster risk reduction measures should be conducted at the local level as well as case studies of local government initiatives that work.
- The role of LGUs: To ensure the general welfare of their constituents, governors, mayors, local councils and other local government officials are expected to be at the frontline of emergency measures in the aftermath of disasters. They also play a key role in ensuring that communities are prepared and that measures are adopted to minimize risks and prevent the catastrophic impact of disasters.
- 10 ways to make cities disaster-resilient: in 2005, the Philippines and 167 other countries adopted the Hyogo Framework for Action, a 10-year international plan that sought to attain disaster resilience for vulnerable communities. The blueprint generated a 10-point checklist of essentials for making countries and communities resilient to disasters.
- Metro Manila hazard maps challenge LGUs to take action - The Risk-Analysis Project (RAP) funded by the Australian government has produced 87 high-resolution hazard maps of Metro Manila cities and surrounding areas using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology. These maps plot the levels of exposure to natural hazards such as floods, landslides, high winds, and earthquakes across the metropolis. They also provide critical information useful for policy makers and disaster management agencies as they plan ways to minimize the risks.
- Is Metro Manila still safe? There is a need for Metro Manila mayors to collectively address the problem of flooding
- How prepared is Metro Manila for a strong quake? - A potential rupture of the West Valley Fault is expected to either heavily or partly damage around 40% of the total number of residential buildings within Metropolitan Manila. Such an earthquake is also expected to cause approximately 34,000 deaths and 114,000 injuries. Moreover, fire spreading as a secondary effect of the earthquake will cause an additional 18,000 deaths. Is the city ready?
- Phivolcs study: the Valley Fault System in Eastern Metro Manila
- Social capital for disaster prevention: To make up for the lack of disaster equipment, officials of Bagong Silangan, Quezon City tap social connections within the community. Before a typhoon strikes, officials and volunteers go house to house to remind residents of the disaster and evacuation protocol.
- Dealing with Disaster: Marikina, Albay and Isulan (Sultan Kudarat) - This story lists three local governments that are considered models in disaster management and preparedness.
- Albay: A Model in Local Disaster Management - Five alert level warnings were established, each level corresponding to a recommended response measure on the part of the Albay Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, which operates through the Provincial Public Safety and Emergency Management Office.
- Climate change resilience starts in the village : a newly-elected mayor commits to create an office that will be responsible for disaster risk reduction and management, as well as climate change adaptation.
- Rebuilding Iloilo to become a disaster-resilient LGU - After typhoon Quinta ravaged the province in December 2012, Iloilo plans to put in place mitigating measures that include early warning systems in communities, operational contingency plans, re-engineered infrastructure, and zoning regulations based on risks. - Rappler.com