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PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 08, 2012


Red Cross all set for Black Nazarene feast; gives safety tips to devotees

MANILA, Jan. 8 (PIA) -- As millions of devotees and onlookers will surely flock the grand celebration of the feast of the Black Nazarene Monday, January 9, the Philippine Red Cross is all set to provide necessary medical assistance.

PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang said more than 350 personnel from 10 Red Cross chapters will be deployed to different areas along the procession route to ensure the safety of the public.

Red Cross personnel will render services such as first aid, foot patrol first aiders, ambulance service, water rescue, and put up welfare desks.

Pang added that Red Cross personnel will be stationed in the following areas: Quirino Grand Stand; Luneta; Roxas Blvd. Cor. T.M. Kalaw; Round Table; P. Burgos Cor. Taft Ave.; Mc Arthur Garden; PhilThrust Bank; Lacson Plaza; Sta. Cruz; Legarda Cor. Arlegui, Bilibid Viejo St. infront of San Sebastian Church; Gonzalo Puyat Cor. Quezon Blvd.; Medical Station Quiapo Church near 7-11 Store; and below Mc Arthur Bidge Muelle Del Rio Street.

Likewise, 11 first aid health stations will be set up in different areas and more than 50 ambulances will be deployed during the entire procession.

PRC will also mobilize four rubber boats and other rescue vehicles.

Meanwhile, Red Cross also gives the following safety tips for devotees and spectators to avoid any untoward incident:

1. Advise your family. Ensure that your house is properly secured before you leave. All electrical devices must be unplugged.

2. Be physically prepared. Children, elderly, pregnant and persons who are sick should avoid crowded places; thus, they are advised to stay at home and rest.

3. Be sure to have identification card, medical information and emergency contact numbers with you.

4. Wear proper clothing. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry, and bringing expensive electronic devices.

5. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

6. Bring candies, crackers and bottled water. Drink a lot of fluid to prevent heat exhaustion.

7. Beware of all possible hazards around you during the procession (e.g. motor vehicles, falling debris, etc.).

8. Know where you are at all times. Should you come in groups, assign a designated meeting point in case someone gets lost.

9. Maintain proper distance to avoid unnecessary injuries. Plan a safe exit path from the crowd.

10. Know the location and means of access towards the medical stations, police stations and other available authorities within the area.

The annual event is one of the most-sought festivals in the Philippines with millions of devotees from different parts of the country gather together to give thanks and praise to the Black Nazarene. (PRC/RJB/JEG-PIA-NCR)

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