NAVFORSOL beefs up disaster preparedness
by DF Nieva
Legazpi City (19 June) -- The Naval Forces Southern Luzon based here is taking an active role in a bid to beef-up preparations to respond to any emergency and calamity that may affect the Bicol region.
In a command briefing, Commodore Joel E Babas, NAVFORSOL commander, said that "those with the capacity and wherewithal to help themselves must do so in advance, so that in the event of an emergency, responders can first assist those who are unable to tend to themselves.
"Typhoons, flashfloods, volcanic eruption and mudflows, landslides, and recent calamities remind us more than ever that we must prepare ourselves and our families for a disaster. This is the time, each year, when every Bicolanos should ask the question, Am I ready?" he stressed.
Babas noted NAVFORSOL maintains that preparation on disaster response and mitigation should be year round.
"We encourage all individuals to take important preparedness steps that will improve their ability to survive and recover from all kinds of emergencies or disasters, may they bee natural or man-made. These steps include getting an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, becoming informed about the different emergencies that may affect them, and getting involved in community preparedness and response efforts," he said.
Meanwhile, NAVFORSOL has recently acquired additional equipments from navy headquarters that will augment the resources and capability of the navy's disaster response and rescue team.
The naval command has also spearheaded regular trainings, seminars, and other disaster risk reduction and response forum for its DRRU personnel.
It can also be recalled the naval command, in coordination with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Bicol, government line agencies, LGU's, non-government institution, and the media, led a multi-sectoral Awareness Caravan on A(H1-N1) in preventing the spread and mitigating the effects of Influenza A(H1-N1) virus.
NAVFORSOL and other AFP units in the Bicol region have also forged partnership with the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) in combining efforts to encourage support and cooperation of the populace on disaster preparedness as the country observes National Disaster Preparedness Month this coming July. (NAVFORSOL/PIA) [top]