Laoag residents not lowering their guard despite sunny weather
by Cristina Arzadon
Laoag City (20 October) -- Despite sunny weather since Monday, the city government has placed its typhoon preparations on high gear and started preparing relief goods, evacuation centers and heavy equipment on stand by.
Mayor Michael Fariņas said he would exercise police power to drive residents from their homes and move them to evacuation centers if necessary should typhoon Ramil causes flooding in low-lying areas.
Fariņas issued the statement as he directed the city disaster and coordinating council to be on high gear in preparation for typhoon Ramil.
"I will not hesitate to use my emergency powers to force residents from their homes if necessary," Fariņas said.
Members of the CDCC have started gathering their staff to repack relief items and prepare school buildings that have been designated as evacuation centers.
The CDCC has designated at least four public grade schools namely: A.P. Santos School , Shamrock, Plaridel and Ablan Elementary Schools including day care centers and barangay halls as evacuation centers.
Joan Palasigue, of the city social welfare office, said they have prepared some 3,000 packs of relief goods containing rice and canned goods in addition to the relief items that the National Disaster and Coordinating Council had dispatched over the weekend.
Residents were also advised to prepare their typhoon kits from flashlights, portable radio and batteries, candles, medicine and sufficient food and water supply while waiting for stormy weather to clear out.
Local fire stations were also directed to have their trucks kept in good condition because their sirens and megaphones would be utilized to alert residents of impending floods.
As an emergency warning system, residents were also told to have a device like a whistle to attract attention in case they are trapped and unable to leave their homes. (PIA) [top]