Despite reports that typhoon Maysak (Chedeng) weakened and has been downgraded from super typhoon into a typhoon, the Philippine Red Cross ensured that it is prepared for any eventuality that may arise as the typhoon makes a landfall.
PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon said the Red Cross is still on alert and has ensured that preparations have been made in advance to cover any untoward incident that may happen.
“Although typhoon Chedeng has weakened, we still have to be prepared and should not be complacent. We advise people living in low-lying areas to be on alert for possible flash floods and landslides along mountain slopes, particularly in the Aurora-Isabela area,” Gordon said.
He also advised the public to refrain from going to the beach starting Saturday, particularly along beaches of the eastern section of Luzon due to possible storm surges and big waves.
Gordon disclosed that since Tuesday, the PRC has taken measures to prepare such as placing on alert and ready status all Red Cross Chapters; instructing all PRC Services and Support Offices to be on 24-hour duty at the Operation Center starting April 2; and alerting and mobilizing Red Cross 143 volunteers to monitor and provide up-to-date situation report on their respective areas.
“We call on the Red Cross 143 volunteers to be the eyes and ears in your respective areas. You have been trained and we hope that you will put to practice what you have learned to ensure the safety of your family and your community,” he said.
He also ordered that creation of two Assessment Teams composed of technical personnel from the Disaster Management Services, Health Services and Social Services.
The PRC chairman said the Emergency Response Unit’s Search and Rescue, specialized in water search and rescue, collapsed structures, and high-angle rescue, is also prepared for immediate deployment.
He added the Red Cross has pre-deployed the following: one amphibian unit, one pay loader, and two 10-wheeler trucks to the Regional Warehouse in Subic; and initial 200 sets of non-food items (NFI) such as of sleeping kits, hygiene kit, jerry cans, and tarpaulins to the Nueva Vizcaya Warehouse. An Emergency Field Hospital (EFH) has also been prepared.
Likewise, PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang encouraged local chapters to report any development about typhoon Chedeng to the Operation Center.
“Let us all continue to monitor, coordinate and report developments, and general conditions to the PRC OpCen to enable the Red Cross to provide appropriate assistance. We welcome this development that Chedeng has weakened, nevertheless, we still continued with our preparations” she said.