Central Luzon braces for typhoon 'Chedeng'

April 3, 2015 6:45 am 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, April 2 — The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) has alerted all provincial and municipal disaster councils in Central Luzon on the possible effects of typhoon "Chedeng."

Josefina Timoteo, chairperson of the RDRRMC and regional director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 3, said although the effects of Chedeng have not yet been felt throughout the region, all concerned members of the disaster councils have been ordered to undertake precautionary measures and other disaster response activities.

Timoteo said the RDRRMC conducted Wednesday a pre-disaster risk assessment meeting in preparation for the possible effects of typhoon Chedeng in the region.

"The RDRRMC convened to implement preparedness measures on the effects of the typhoon Chedeng in areas likely to be affected, and the pre-positioning of rescue assets," Timoteo said.

She also said that the all local disaster risk reduction and management councils were advised to disseminate typhoon advisories and warnings through SMS as well as local radio and television stations.

Likewise, she said that local disaster councils were asked for continuous monitoring of roads and bridges going to Aurora province and Cagayan Valley region.

Timoteo said that rescue and emergency response teams are on standby as well as the pre-positioning of search-and-rescue equipment and personnel have already been put in place.

She also said that local government units (LGUs) in the region have prepared food supplies and disaster response equipment and teams in anticipation of evacuation and other emergencies.

"Local officials have met to plan their response on the possible effects of typhoon Chedeng," she said.

Timoteo said that the Philippine Army’s 7th Infantry Division has also alerted its disaster rescue units (DRUs) and declared red alert for its units in anticipation for the conduct of disaster rescue and relief operations at areas to be affected by Chedeng.

The OCD official also said that the Department of Social Welfare and Development regional office has readied 10,933 family food packs for distribution to areas to be affected by the typhoon.

Meanwhile, she asked the public to keep monitoring on the weather reports.

She also advised residents in the low-laying areas to voluntarily leave their houses prior to the issuance of evacuation operations.

”Although the residents along the riverbanks and coastal areas have been properly warned on the possible flooding, it is advisable if they would evacuate earlier and go to higher areas,” she added. (PNA)

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