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Why Philippines and Indonesia are prone to natural hazards

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Just like Indonesia, the Philippines has a big earthquake looming in its future. This raises an important question: what makes the Philippines and Indonesia prone to natural hazards?

Are Filipino communities prepared for a tsunami?

Oct 14, 2018 - 9:04 AM

In the event of a disaster, communities should 'act as one,' says Ishmael Narag of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology

TSUNAMI. Are PH's coastal communities prepared for a tsunami scenario?

How are PH tsunami warning systems maintained?

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:30 AM

To many, what took place in Indonesia serves as a reminder for the Philippines to ensure that preparations for such disasters are continuously being implemented and improved

Marikina City: Lessons on disaster preparedness

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

In Marikina, resiliency is defined as a partnership between the city government and the community. Check out how this is done in Markina City.

PREPARED. Marikina City shares its best practices on disaster preparedness.

The Barangay Amguid story: Strong disaster, stronger community

Sep 30, 2018 - 10:22 AM

Residents of Barangay Amguid in Candon, Ilocos Sur, move in unison when they are asked to evacuate following a landslide caused by monsoon rains

LANDSLIDE. Zone 1 and 2 of Barangay Amguid in Ilocos Sur are now declared geological hazard and no longer inhabitable. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Volunteer for Agos today

Sep 12, 2018 - 4:02 PM

MovePH is looking for Agos volunteers who will help gather critical information in times of disasters

DSWD prepares P829 million in aid for Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 11, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Some P872 million in standby funds are also available

#ResilientPH: Lessons on disaster preparedness

Aug 22, 2018 - 1:58 PM

How do we create resilient communities? Join our discussion on August 22.

How Malabon City uses tech and bayanihan to combat disasters

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:03 PM

Malabon City is banking on volunteerism and modern technology to respond to calamities

Arroyo to create House disaster management committee

Jul 31, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo says the new House panel aims to create the Department of Disaster Management, a priority of President Rodrigo Duterte

DISASTER RELIEF PLANS. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is flanked by Representatives Cheryl Montalla and Geraldine Roman during their briefing with the NDRRMC on July 31, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

CHECKLIST: What cities and municipalities should prepare for an earthquake

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Every city and municipality should be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed when dealing with earthquakes and other major disasters

How NDRRMC issues its emergency mobile warnings

Jul 24, 2018 - 11:15 PM

(UPDATED) Ever wondered why you get multiple alerts in a day or why they're sometimes delayed? Here's why.

#MMShakeDrill 2018 still 'far from perfect' – MMDA officials

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:53 PM

The fourth #MMShakeDrill ends with an 85/100 rating from MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia and with many lessons learned for improvement

MMDA employees line up by quadrants outside the MMDA building. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

MMDA's #MMShakeDrill: How everything worked

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:10 PM

With such a herculean task of keeping the drill under wraps, how did the #MMShakeDrill fare in pulling off its grand surprise?

Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection-Special Rescue Unit (BFP-SRU) search for mock victims while a nurse apply first aid to others inside the Manila City Hall as they participate in the Metro Manila Shake Drill on July 19, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Metro Manila prepares for the ‘Big One’

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:19 PM

The MMDA's earthquake drill to prepare for 'The Big One' occurs at 1pm, one hour after a text blast is sent to get people ready for the exercise

Quezon City Hall employees join the 4th Nationwide "Shake Drill" on Thursday, July 19, 2018, during the National Disaster Resilience Month with the Theme " Katatagan sa Kalamidad ay Makamtan Kapag Sapat ang Kaalaman sa Kahandaan" The shake drill was conducted in surprise to make it truthfully. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Jolted netizens liken #MMShakeDrill phone alarm to 'The Purge' siren

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:11 PM

(UPDATED) 'Do not panic? Eh mas nagpanic pa ako doon sa alarm sound, muntik ko pa itapon phone ko,' says one irate netizen

Empowering seniors in disaster risk reduction and management

Jul 16, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Program proves senior citizens deserve bigger roles in preparing for disasters

CHECKLIST: What barangays should prepare for an earthquake

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:02 AM

If a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits your local community, is it ready for the worst-case scenario?

Here's how to build your own emergency kit

Jul 13, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Do you have enough supplies to last if a disaster strikes?

CHECKLIST: What should households prepare for an earthquake

Jul 07, 2018 - 9:08 AM

How are your families preparing for a major disaster?

U.P. NOAH merges science, humanities in disaster risk reduction

Jul 01, 2018 - 4:00 PM

How has NOAH or the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards changed since the project moved to the University of the Philippines?

Study shows how politics affects local disaster management

Jun 25, 2018 - 8:14 AM

Dr Maja-Leah V. Ravago says that based on their study, local officials tend to invest in short term disaster risk management measures that can be credited to their administration

POLICE rescues residents along Kalambaguhan street in Cagayan de Oro City as Typhoon Vinta lashes Northern Mindanao on Friday, December 22,2017. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

Rappler Talk: U.P. Resilience Institute Director Mahar Lagmay on open data and disaster resilience

Apr 21, 2018 - 12:38 PM

One of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, the Philippines is exposed to several natural hazards such as floods, storm surge, landslides, and earthquakes

#BidaAngHanda earthquake drill set for February 15

Feb 05, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The #BidaAngHanda campaign aims to educate Filipinos about how they should prepare for earthquakes and other hazards

Rappler Talk: How serious is the Mayon Volcano threat?

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:59 PM

MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz talks with Phivolcs chief Renato Soldum Jr about the threat of a 'hazardous eruption' from one of the 6 most active volcanoes in the Philippines

Flooding hits Albay due to heavy rain

Jan 03, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara orders evacuation of families living in areas vulnerable to landslides and flooding

Prepare for Agaton, first possible storm of 2018 – NDRRMC

Dec 31, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Here are some critical preparedness actions that local governments should be taking hours before the typhoon hits land

Vinta death toll in Lanao del Norte mountain village rises to 29

Dec 25, 2017 - 10:20 PM

The village chief says he instructed residents to evacuate but they didn't listen. There are 16 other residents still missing.

VINTA. Vinta brings heavy rain in Tubod, Lanao del Norte on Friday, December 22. Photo taken from Tubod Police Facebook page

Bohol braces for 'Vinta'

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:29 AM

'We have made all the necessary preparations to minimize the impact of typhoon Vinta to lives and properties'

Yellow alert raised in Cagayan de Oro: Possible flooding in low-lying areas

Dec 21, 2017 - 9:43 PM

When Pagasa gives yellow advisory, it means that residents in affected areas should continue monitoring their weather condition. Flooding for low-lying areas is possible.

NDRRMC, local government units prepare ahead of Vinta landfall

Dec 21, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Rescue equipment and relief goods are prepositioned in preparation for Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin)

NDRRMC to public: Monitor weather updates this Christmas

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:40 AM

The reminder comes as PAGASA monitors a low pressure area which could enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this week

LOOK: Bicol braces for Urduja

Dec 15, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Close to 5,000 passengers are stranded in various seaports in Bicol region

PREPARATIONS. Fishermen bring their boat to safety in preparation for Tropical Storm Urduja. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: 4 years on, Yolanda survivors remember their loved ones

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:22 PM

Four years since Super Typhoon Yolanda barreled through Eastern Visayas, survivors continue to tell tales of their survival, share the lessons they have learned, and remember those who have perished

Photo by Ailene Liporada

NDRRMC to local officials: Prepare for Severe Tropical Storm Paolo, LPA

Oct 17, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Those in Bicol, the Visayas, and Mindanao are advised to take precautionary measures amid rain from Paolo, while Palawan is affected by the low pressure area

PREPAREDNESS. The NDRRMC conducts an emergency response preparedness meeting to discuss government response for combined effects of Tropical Storm Paolo and the low pressure area. Photo from NDRRMC

DND chief asks media's help to fight fake news

Sep 28, 2017 - 2:06 PM

'Fake news is already circulating every day. It is the duty of the media to see to it that fake news is not propagated'

FIGHT FAKE NEWS. On Thursday, September 28, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana highlights the role media plays in fighting fake news. Photo by Raisa Serafica/Rappler

Thousands participate in the 3rd nationwide earthquake drill

Sep 27, 2017 - 3:33 PM

The #BidaAngHanda, the official hashtag for the nationwide earthquake drill organized by the NDRRMC, trends nationwide

EARTHQUAKE DRILL. More than 1,000 grade schoolers of Mabini Elementary school in Baguio City join the 3rd national Earth Quake Drill September 27, 2017. Photos by Mau Victa

NDRRMC postpones nationwide earthquake drill

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:19 AM

The NDRRMC calls off the disaster preparedness activity after President Rodrigo Duterte suspends government work and classes on September 21

EARTHQUAKE DRILL. In this file photo, a worker activates the siren as employees cover their heads as they run for safety during the Natiowide Earthewuake Drill, at the Quezon City Hall grounds in Quezon City, March 31, 2017. The drill aims to increase effort in public awareness of the ever-looming possibility of strong earthquake. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

Government sets 3rd nationwide earthquake drill on Sept 21

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:26 PM

On the same day, various activist groups are also expected to take the streets of Metro Manila to commemorate the declaration of martial law 45 years ago

DRILL. In this file photo, police and civilian employees evacuate from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) headquarters as they participate in the nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill in Quezon City on March 31, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Guide to Marikina River's alarm level system

Sep 12, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Marikina City has a 3 stage alarm level system for the Marikina River with corresponding actions to be taken per level

MARIKINA RIVER. In this file photo, a man watches the water level along Marikina river. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler.

LGUs told to prepare for Typhoon Talim, low pressure area

Sep 11, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Residents in areas likely to be affected are advised to take the necessary precautionary measures and are alerted against possible flooding and landslides

PREPAREDNESS. NDRRMC conducts a pre-disaster risk assessment meeting in preparation for Typhoon Talim and the low pressure area located 400 kilometers east of Quezon. Photo from NDRRMC

LOOK: Kids try out 'Master of Disaster' board game

Sep 10, 2017 - 10:51 AM

The Master of Disaster board game aims to teach kids at an early age about preparedness and response should a disaster strike

MASTER OF DISASTER. Kids at the Batang Emergency Response Team (BERT) camp at the CAMANAVA Science and Technology Fair play the "Master of Disaster" board game. Photo by ASSIST

Tropical Storm Jolina affects 2,000 people

Aug 26, 2017 - 10:48 AM

Even as Jolina exits the Luzon landmass on Saturday morning disaster managers warn affected residents of possible landslides and flash floods

DSWD prepares P1.45-B for Tropical Storm Isang

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:57 AM

The DSWD predicts that some 252 223 families will be affected of which 54 802 are poor

WATCH: Bike Scouts PH, the unsung heroes of Yolanda

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Bike Scouts Philippines is made up of volunteer bicycle messengers who respond to isolated areas in the aftermath of a disaster

Making maps useful for addressing disasters and climate change

Aug 02, 2017 - 6:37 PM

In a time when people are increasingly exposed to the factors of disaster and climate change I believe that usable maps can help people make a difference

UNDERSTANDING MAPS. This is a screenshot of the maps on landslide and flood susceptibility from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (Mines and Geosciences Bureau). The maps are in jpeg format, and require considerable work for reuse.

Rappler Talk: How can data help people displaced by war, disasters?

Jul 31, 2017 - 2:29 PM

The head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Philippines talks to MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz on July 31 2:30pm Bookmark this page to watch the interview

WATCH: Prepare for disasters by playing a board game

Jul 29, 2017 - 6:28 PM

The Civil Defense board game aims to teach concepts on disaster risk reduction in a fun and engaging way

Palawan's hazard-prone towns identified

Jul 26, 2017 - 10:30 AM

According to the Provincial Climate Change Action Plan 2017 2023 an estimated 244 997 people are highly susceptible to landslides with Puerto Princesa City Roxas and Rizal having the highest population exposure

#MMShakeDrill: What to do during a terror attack

Jul 16, 2017 - 2:20 PM

What happens when terrorists take advantage of a city devastated by a calamity?