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Storm Dennis wreaks havoc across UK, parts of France

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:52 PM

The second severe storm in a week to hit Britain brings high winds of more than 140 kilometers an hour and more than a month's worth of rain in 48 hours in some places

STORM DENNIS. A picture shows a member of the emergency services and cars on a flooded high street in Tenbury Wells in western England, on February 17, 2020, after the River Teme broke its banks and flooded amid Storm Dennis. Photo by Oli Scarff/ AFP

Why fact checking is important during times of disasters, epidemics

Feb 13, 2020 - 3:32 PM

Spreading unverified information, especially exaggerated claims and warnings, only causes unnecessary panic and harm

Vico Sotto signs Pasig's disaster response deal with Cagayan Valley

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Pasig is the first city in Metro Manila to sign a disaster response agreement with its designated partner region. If the 'Big One' strikes, Cagayan Valley will come to Pasig City's aid.

PARTNER RESPONDERS. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto signs a memorandum of understanding with Cagayan Valley Region Office of Civil Defense Director Dante Balao, that the region's disaster response teams will come to the city's aid in case of "the big one" earthquake of the Marikina Valley Fault. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

[OPINION] All crises are manufactured, and all crises can be stopped

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Which solution will work – one that serves the needs of foreign capital and local greed, or one that serves the people?

Jalad says better to make NDRRMC chief a 'Cabinet-level' position

Jan 29, 2020 - 9:31 PM

Stakeholders have pointed out that since the NDRRMC is merely a council, it doesn't have the budget nor the power to make decisions on situations that require a Cabinet rank

CABINET-LEVEL. Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, the executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, says it's better to make NDRRMC chief a secretary. Photo by Angie de Silva

Water facilities being constructed at Batangas evacuation camps for Taal victims

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:42 AM

Jetmatic pumps will be placed in several evacuation camps such as Batangas Sports Complex, West Bauan, Central School, Bauan Batangas, Lemery, Agoncillo, and San Nicolas

WATER SOURCE. Evacuees watch a team working on installing deep well water pumps in an evacuation site in Batangas. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

Who was prepared for the Taal Volcano emergency? Cavite

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:30 AM

All its 23 towns and cities now host evacuees from Batangas

How Filipinos are helping Taal eruption survivors while going zero waste

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:10 PM

Seeing the need to do their part to help those affected, many organizations championing the zero-waste lifestyle are helping Taal eruption survivors by leading eco-friendly donation drives

Background photo by KD Madrilejos

LIST: Relief proposals for Taal Volcano evacuees

Jan 22, 2020 - 1:06 PM

Proposals – so far, from senators – range from cash aid to moratorium on loan payments

RELIEF NEEDED. Residents of Agoncillo, Batangas were temporarily allowed by authorities to return to their homes on January 17, 2020, to retrieve their livestock. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Fast response: How Tokyo Olympics will cope if earthquake strikes

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:19 AM

Earthquakes, typhoons, or terrorist attacks can strike anytime, and organizers want to be as prepared as possible

RESCUE DRILL. Members of the Japan Self-Defence Forces and a Tokyo Fire Department rescuer check on dummies of injured persons during a simulation disaster drill at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, a venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Tokyo on December 19, 2019. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Tagaytay Sky Ranch still vulnerable to 'heavy ashfall' – NDRRMC

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:33 PM

Tagaytay Sky Ranch is safe from a possible base surge, but still vulnerable to heavy ashfall. The business still decides to open.

VULNERABLE. Taal Volcano eruption as seen from Sky Ranch, Tagaytay City. Photo by Zark Del Mundo

House aims to OK bills creating 3 new departments by March

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Lawmakers want to create new government departments focused on overseas Filipino workers, water resources, and disaster resilience

PRIORITY BILLS. The House of Representatives will focus on 3 bills creating new departments once session reopens on January 20, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Group urges public to donate usable clothes to evacuees

Jan 18, 2020 - 11:24 PM

'Let us treat the survivors with dignity,' says the Citizens' Disaster Response Center after photos of evacuees wearing donated school and work uniforms make the rounds on social media

DONATED CLOTHES. Survivors of Taal Volcano eruption flaunt the school uniforms and working attires from donated clothes received. Photos from Racheal Zuñiga Maestro, Judiel Balani, Harlem Dave Ganados and Philip Mangubat

Eager to help, Filipinos crowdsource info to aid victims of Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:00 AM

A number of Filipinos focus their attention on making sense of information and updates on social media to aid and guide relief efforts

TEMPORARY SHELTER. Hundreds of evacuees from Taal Volcano's unrest settle at a tent camp in Alfonso, Cavite. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

What other LGUs can learn from Albay's Mayon response plan

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:51 PM

The association of disaster responders from the towns and cities of Albay province has come up with a list of local governments' daily priorities for 4 months following a volcanic eruption

Sacrifice tech, not people, to solve problems

Jan 16, 2020 - 8:20 PM

Technology should be the first responder, and sometimes the sacrificial part, that provides society with the means to get through disasters with as few casualties as possible

[OPINYON] Trahedya dahil sa isang terminong hindi nauunawaan ng lahat

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Hindi namimili ang salitang 'trahedya,' at hindi rin dapat namimili ang salitang 'kaligtasan'

SM distributes kalinga relief packs to Taal volcano victims in Batangas

Jan 15, 2020 - 1:32 PM

Over 6,500 relief packs are expected to be dispatched to various evacuation areas

Calabarzon residents have no management plan for volcanic eruptions – survey

Jan 15, 2020 - 9:00 AM

On a national average, 99.80% of households surveyed across the Philippines also have no disaster management plan specific for volcanic eruption

Photo courtesy of the Philippine Air Force

How groups are saving stranded animals near Taal Volcano

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Help dogs, cows, and other livestock in areas near the Taal Volcano that have been left behind by their owners, who evacuated in the wake of the volcanic eruption

Photos from Philippine Animal Welfare Society and Gio Senario

[OPINION] Planning and preparation: Unglamorous, yet most critical, in disasters

Jan 14, 2020 - 1:21 PM

'The continued presence of residents right on the active volcano over the years is the most illustrative manifestation of the state of our disaster preparedness as far as Taal is concerned'

Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills 6 in China

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Several people disappear into the sinkhole as it spreads, including what appears to be a child

ACCIDENT. On January 13, 2020, an enormous sinkhole swallowed passers-by and a public bus in northwest China. (Photo by STR/AFP)

Cancellations, refunds: Managing hotel, Airbnb bookings during calamity

Jan 14, 2020 - 1:08 AM

Cancel your reservations as early as you can and always keep safe

TAAL'S WRATH. A view of the Taal volcano after sunrise taken in Tagaytay on January 13, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

#ReliefPH: Help communities affected by Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:37 PM

(3rd UPDATE) This page shows how you can help Filipinos affected by the Taal Volcano eruption

Labor Code allows private sector to suspend work during calamity – DOLE

Jan 13, 2020 - 2:20 PM

The Labor Code also says that employees who choose not to work in times of disaster should not be sanctioned

SUSPEND WORK. Residents in Talisay, Batangas wait to be evacuated on January 13, 2020, following the eruption of Taal Volcano. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Call for Agos volunteers: Help gather Taal Volcano information

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:57 AM

MovePH is looking for Agos volunteers who will help gather and verify critical information in times of disaster

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake leaves 1 dead in Puerto Rico – media

Jan 07, 2020 - 5:10 PM

(4th UPDATE) The earthquake's first reported victim, a 73-year-old resident of the southern city of Ponce, died after a wall fell in his home

EARTHQUAKE WORRIES. People remain outdoors for fear of possible aftershocks in Guanica, Puerto Rico on January 8, 2020, one day after an earthquake. Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

#ReliefPH: Help communities affected by Australia’s raging bushfires

Jan 06, 2020 - 4:29 PM

Filipinos and other people affected by the Australia bushfires need your help and support. This page shows how you can help.

Bushfire photo from Shutterstock

Typhoon Ursula death toll rises to 28

Dec 27, 2019 - 9:09 AM

(4th UPDATE) Two people are injured in Iloilo, while 12 people across 3 regions in the Visayas remain missing

AFTERMATH. Barangay Liloa in Ormoc City, Leyte suffers from ankle-deep flooding due to Typhoon Ursula's strong rainfall. Photo courtesy of @juanmarkomoko on Twitter

Groups help victims of Typhoon Tisoy, Mindanao quakes for the holidays

Dec 24, 2019 - 8:20 PM

During this season of giving, several groups help provide shelter and other needs to affected communities of recent disasters as they slowly rebuild their lives

Survival surfing: Indonesians riding the waves to beat tsunami trauma

Dec 24, 2019 - 1:02 PM

For some who lost entire families and communities to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, surfing is a way to heal

SURVIVAL SURFING. This picture taken on December 9, 2019 shows Dery Setyawan, a survivor of the December 26, 2004 tsunami, carrying his surfboard after surfing on Lhoknga beach in Banda Aceh, Aceh province. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

#ReliefPH: Help victims of the Davao del Sur earthquake

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) Here's where you can make in-kind and monetary donations to help people affected by the Davao del Sur earthquake

#ReliefPH: How to help victims of flash floods in Cagayan, Isabela

Dec 07, 2019 - 3:04 PM

Here's how you can help affected communities in Cagayan, Isabela

Cebu Pacific to deliver donations for Typhoon Tisoy victims for free

Dec 06, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Donors will have to get an endorsement from the Department of the Interior and Local Government for Cebu Pacific to accommodate their cargo

RELIEF GOODS NEEDED. Residents affected by Typhoon Tisoy are in urgent need of food items and shelter repair materials, among others. File photo from Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

At least 13 dead due to Tisoy in Mimaropa, Eastern Visayas, Calabarzon

Dec 05, 2019 - 11:40 AM

Tisoy (Kammuri) also causes P811.5 million worth of damage to agriculture in Bicol and Oriental Mindoro

The municipality of Naujan, Mindoro Oriental conducted clearing operations due to severe weather conditions from Typhoon Tisoy. National roads of Naujan are now passable for motorists. #TisoyPH. Photos from Mdrrmo Naujan

#ReliefPH: Help victims of Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 04, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(4th UPDATE) Here's how you can help people affected by Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri)

Kalamidad at social media

Dec 03, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Kailangan lang mai-channel ang ating pagkahumaling sa social media for the greater good, lalo na para sa mga nasalanta at naapektuhan ng bagyo. Puwedeng mag-fundraising, puwedeng makibalita sa relief operations.

Annoyed by NDRRMC alerts about Typhoon Tisoy? Twitter users sound off

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:58 PM

You're not alone. But these alerts are helpful!

Bichara orders mandatory evacuation in Albay due to Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 01, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Towns and cities prone to lahar, landslides, floods, and storm surges are covered by Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara's mandatory evacuation order

FORCED EVACUATION. Albay governor Al Francis Bichara orders the mandatory evacuation of families living in flood, lahar, and landslide prone areas, including communities threatened by storm surges. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Taclobanons urge community to combat disaster-related hoaxes

Nov 28, 2019 - 9:20 PM

During the #MoveTacloban forum, journalists, student leaders, and local government officials point out a rise of disaster-related hoax cases after Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines

Journalists, student leaders, and local government officials discuss how everyone has a role to play in fighting disaster-related disinformation during #MoveTacloban at the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College on November 27. Photo by Angel Anthony Tobes/UP Vista

Slash emissions now or face climate disaster, U.N. warns

Nov 27, 2019 - 7:28 AM

'We are not running out of time – we are already out of time,' says Alden Meyer, director of policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists

House panels pass bill creating Department of Disaster Resilience

Nov 20, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Lawmakers approve the measure at the committee level weeks after a series of earthquakes rocked parts of Mindanao

DAMAGE. A house in Barangay Malawanit in the town of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur is partially damaged following a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on October 16, 2019. Rappler file photo

After Cotabato earthquakes, Malacañang again pushes for disaster resilience dep't

Nov 19, 2019 - 6:34 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles urges lawmakers in Congress to act on the 'long-overdue' measure to improve the government's response to natural calamities

RESPONDING TO DISASTERS. A house in Barangay Malawanit in the town of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur collapses following a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on October 16, 2019. Rappler file photo

IN PHOTOS: The 4th nationwide earthquake drill of 2019

Nov 14, 2019 - 6:52 PM

The 4th National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill aims to evaluate the effectiveness of local governments' contingency plans and protocols in relation to earthquake scenarios and other similar events

Establishments around T. M. Kalaw Avenue in Manila participate in the 2019 4th Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on Thursday, November 14. Photo by Ben Nabong

Philippines gets $10-M fund to boost early warning for disasters

Nov 13, 2019 - 1:10 PM

House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, who is part of the Green Climate Fund Board, says hazard information will be translated into 'understandable and actionable early warnings' for people's safety

Will engineers, architects go on ‘earthquake mission’ to assess structures?

Nov 12, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum advocates that engineers and architects conduct an audit of houses for free to assess if they have sustained damage from earthquakes

COLLAPSED. The window of a house in Barangay Ilomavis in Cotabato collapsed, along with some part of the wall, because of the strong earthquake. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

AIM, ASSIST to host 2019 International Disaster Conference

Nov 11, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Leaders, experts, policy makers, and practitioners in Asia will gather in the Philippines to discuss the global risks of disasters associated with water

NDRRMC's Jalad says one department for disasters can be 'overwhelming'

Nov 11, 2019 - 3:45 PM

'The department cannot be the implementing agency of all interventions for rehabilitation,' NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad tells senators

LUKEWARM. NDRRM Executive Director Ricardo Jalad attends the first Senate hearing on the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

OCD commemorates Yolanda with disaster risk reduction conference in Samar

Nov 09, 2019 - 8:12 PM

'The goal shall always be zero casualty,' Interagency Task Force Yolanda Chair and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles told participants of the DRRM conference

DISASTER RISK REDUCTION. Six years since Yolanda's onslaught, the Office of Civil Defense holds a Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Eastern Samar on Saturday, November 9. Photo from Office of Civil Defense

DOLE to provide employment aid to victims of Cotabato earthquakes

Nov 05, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says cash assistance will also be given to families of overseas Filipino workers in affected areas

EARTHQUAKE AFTERMATH. Residents displaced by a series of strong earthquake that struck the province of Cotabato stay int temporary shelters. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler