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Mayor Domogan tells Baguio citizens: Better ready than sorry for typhoon

Jul 9, 2016 @ 17:24

Better be ready than sorry, said Mayor Mauricio Domogan as he cautioned the public to be alert and check their surroundings for a possible landslide to avoid damage to life and property.

Speaking during the kick-off of the city- sponsored National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM), Domogan said the typhoon season is here, so the public should prepare for it and be ready by checking the waterways near houses and must clear canals and drainage system to avoid loosening of the soil.

In a report by the Philippine Information Agency, Domogan said constant emergency drills should be conducted in the family to be ready for we don’t know when an emergency or disaster strikes; be prepared always.”

“When there is an emergency, stay calm don’t panic” but think what is the most important thing to do to make you safe, he reminded.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) chaired by the mayor is regularly issuing advices or tips for disaster preparedness.

Among these are: When a disaster occurs, family members may be separated. It must be decided in advance what steps everyone in the family will take to get back together. This should be documented in an Emergency Family Communication Plan and everyone should have a small copy of this plan in their purse or wallet at all times.

If you are trapped in a structure, you may need to attract an emergency responder to help and the only way to sustain a call for help is with a whistle. The first aid emergency kit should contain a waterproof whistle, flashlights and extra batteries.

Executive Order 137 s. 1999 declares the month of July of every year as NDCM to increase the awareness of every Filipino on natural and man-made disasters for a better appreciation of the government’s disaster preparedness programs.

Domogan reported that P70 million-worth building being constructed at the City Engineering compound will house the CDRRMC office and it will serve as an evacuation for typhoon victims.

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