ADN gears up preparedness in times of disaster
by Lovely Laudette Gamba
Butuan City (23 October) -- Following the tragic event in the wake of Bagyong Ondoy and Pepeng, the province of Agusan del Norte gears up preparedness in times of disaster through a two-day Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Action Planning Workshop on October 21-22 at Carmen, Agusan del Norte.
Within the two-days the province formulated its five-year Disaster Risk Management Plan geared towards decreasing the province vulnerability and increasing its resiliency in times of disaster.
Among the measures taken by the province to reduce the impact of disasters is the identification of hazard or risk prone areas. The province also aims to strictly implement the land use plans, zoning, buildings and fire codes of the province.
To mitigate the impact of disaster, the province also integrates or mainstream disaster risk management in the comprehensive land use plan of each municipality. The province also plans to put up additional early warning systems in strategic locations.
To prepare people to react appropriately during disasters, the province has formulated a contingency plan on flood and is now planning to conduct massive information drive to increase people's awareness on disasters.
Preparedness plans of the province also include training on search and rescue with special emphasis on swift water rescue. An inventory of available resource of the provinces will also be conducted to better prepare the province in times of disaster.
During the planning, the province also aims to create an operation center for the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) Operations Center for a synchronized and faster response in times of disaster.
Other response mechanisms the province plans to implement is the establishment of a hotline number for disaster and purchase of equipment such as rubber boats, handheld radios, life jackets and ambulances.
The Disaster Risk Management Plan aims to lessen the impacts of natural hazards and related environmental and technological disasters. It includes all forms of activities, including structural and non-structural measures to avoid or to limit adverse effects of hazards. (PIA-Caraga) [top]