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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 11, 2012


RDRRMC-8 reiterates call for proactive local disaster councils

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Jan. 11 (PIA) - Amid the incessant rains that has been prevailing over Eastern Visayas, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reiterated its call on the local disaster councils to remain vigilant and conduct necessary measures to ensure the safety of their constituents.

OCD 8 Regional Director and chairman of RDRRMC Rey Gozon made the call during the Suruswerte Ha PIA radio program on January 10.

Director Gozon said there is a big improvement on the local disaster councils in the Region. They are more proactive and more efficient, he added. However, constant reminders will make them better, he added.

Weather advisories are being sent to concerned local disaster councils, Director Gozon said. These must be carefully read and heeded, he added. The necessary precautionary measures must be implanted, he added.

Director Gozon also called on the local disaster councils to report any untoward incidents in their areas to the RDRRMC.

The intermittent rains may cause flooding or landslides in the disaster-prone areas of the Region, thus Director Gozon called on those who are living in the low-lying areas or mountain slopes to relocate to higher or safer places.

The families in disaster prone areas must prepare for the things that they must bring with them, food, water, medicines, flashlight and clothing, among others. It is important that the members of the family are assigned as to what he or she will carry, Director Gozon added.

The family members must know who will take care of the younger children and the oldest member of the family, Director Gozon added.

With gale warning sent on January 10 from NDRRMC, Director Gozon called on fishermen with small boats not to venture in high seas while bigger vessels must be vigilant against big waves.

Finally, Director Gozon called on the motorists to be extra careful because the rains make the roads slippery and more prone to accidents. There are times like that on January 10 when there is zero visibility because of heavy rains, Director Gozon said. (PIA 8)

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