Eastern Mindanao Command prepares for 'Hagupit'

December 4, 2014 12:04 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 3 — The Eastern Mindanao Command has alerted all its disaster response units in preparation for the expected entry of typhoon Hagupit on Thursday.

The typhoon is packing winds up to 230 kph, latest weather forecast stated.

"With this looming calamity, the Eastern Mindanao Command is preparing for readiness its disaster response capability," Eastern Mindanao Command spokesperson Major Ezra Balagtey said.

All subordinate units of the Eastern Mindanao Command has already been ordered to prepare and activate designated disaster response units (DRU) and coordinate with their respective local disaster risk reduction management council.

“We are preparing for two scenarios, one is if the tropical storm will landfall within the Eastern Mindanao Command AOR (area of responsibility) and, the second is if it will hit the Visayas. The command is prepared for both scenarios that necessitate Disaster Response Units to be deployed in affected areas,” Eastern Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Aurelio Baladad said.

During the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda, the Eastern Mindanao Command sent its Task Force “Tambayayong” to Leyte for humanitarian and disaster response operations.

The same readiness will be demonstrated by the command in case the Visayas will be hit badly by the storm. (PNA)

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