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La Union prepares for typhoon "Peping"

By Jennilyne C. Role

San Fernando City, La Union (2 October) -- The La Union Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) convenes this morning in preparation for the expected arrival of typhoon "Peping" any time now that would hit hard northern Luzon, according to Pag-asa.

PDCC vice-chair and La Union Police director P/Supt. Noli Taliņo presided over the meeting where pre-emptive measures prior to the landfall of the typhoon were identified to include the massive information dissemination on updates (weather forecast) of the incoming typhoon using SMS and fax messages.

Inventory and prepositioning of supplies and equipment (local, indigenous, private, public), warning (pre-emptive evacuations of identified areas at risk), masterlisting of evacuation centers, strengthening coordination/linkages with partners and disaster response team on standby were also identified.

The use of indigenous materials like rubber interior, styrofoam, banana stalk, etc. as lifevest are promoted since PNRC has limited stock of lifevest.

Among the equipments committed by the different PDCC member-units/agencies include rubber boats, portable generators, aircrafts, dumptrucks, cargo trucks, payloader, bulldozer, bobcat, backhoes, gradesr, grasscutters, service vehicles, payloader, chainsaw, trailer generator, fire trucks.

Health facilities were also alerted and PNRC-LU has 61 units blood supply and stockpile of relief goods for 400 families available. Manpower and rescue volunteers were also generated.

Barangay halls and schools were tapped as evacuation centers and runners to communicate per barangay has been suggested in case power cuts off and communication facilities can't function.

For the city of San Fernando, contractors to clear roads had been hired in case vital roads are closed to traffic due to falling debris and trees.

PDCC operation center is based at the Mabanag Hall, San Fernando City. (PIA-RO1/La Union) [top]

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