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PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 08, 2012


Disaster council campaigns “storm surge awareness”

by Oliver T. Baccay

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan. 8 (PIA) -- The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) region 2 has campaigned on storm surge awareness to keep the public abreast of the things they should do when there is a storm surge in the coastal zones.

Council chair Norma Talosig said the national disaster council has issued a new campaign concept on disaster related events, wherein the most common and frequently experienced disasters are included as part of the massive education campaign for this year, except for the awareness campaign on storm surge.

She said, in the new directive, storm surge is added to the floods, landslide, typhoons and earthquake preparedness campaign seeing its importance for people living in the seashore and those who are fond of spending vacations in the beaches.

Storm surge is an effect of high winds due to the decrease of atmospheric pressure that pushes the sea water to the shore which results into the increase of water level in the sea shore and may create flashfloods .

Talosig said the public should be vigilant at all the times and observe the seas whenever they are near the beach or follow any instructions from the members of the local disaster councils if there are storm surge warnings.

She said storm surge is now enlisted as one of the killer natural disasters in other countries, that is why it is important to prepare the public considering that the region is also bound with seas in the east and north.

The council chair also urged the families living near the seas to transfer in a higher and safer grounds as early as possible.

She further advise the public to always listen to announcements of the council through radios, televisions and other means of disseminating the warnings to avoid loss of lives. (TCB/OTB/PIA-2)

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