Legarda: Gov’t, LGUs Must Be Prepared for Typhoon Lawin

October 19, 2016

As Typhoon Lawin continues to threaten Northern Luzon and its nearby areas, Senator Loren Legarda today reminded all local government units  (LGUs) in the path of the storm to ensure that timely information about the typhoon is relayed to the people.


Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, said that LGUs, including barangay officials, should have already conducted an information dissemination campaign on the strength of the typhoon and its effects, including an expected storm surge, and the community evacuation plan.


“Every barangay should have informed citizens of possible landslides, flooding and storm surge, and those in high-risk areas should have already been evacuated to safe places,” she said.


The Senator also reminded government agencies to carry out their respective duties in preparing for the typhoon.


“We should all be on heightened alert now. We remind LGUs to ensure that no families are living in high-risk areas, release frequently updated advisories and ensure that areas expected to be affected are prepared—activate all forms of early warning systems, set up evacuation centers, evacuate families living in landslide-prone and flood-prone areas,” said Legarda.


She added that LGUs should implement forced evacuation when called for. Shelters for evacuees should be well designed, built strong, and prepared ahead of time with emergency supplies of food, water, medicine, shelter, and toiletries, while government agencies are ready to augment the basic needs of evacuees.


Moreover, local disaster risk reduction and management officers should be alert.


“Quick communication and real-time updates are vital in ensuring effective disaster response with first responders and search and rescue teams ready for dispatch anytime,” she stressed.


“Let us find a way to prevent damages to critical infrastructure such as transmission lines because electricity and communication lines are more important in the aftermath of disasters,” she added.


The Senator also called on communities to heed disaster warnings to avoid accidents.


“When warned of an impending hazard, we should take safety measures. Stay indoors and do not attempt to go out especially at the height of the typhoon to avoid accidents,” she said.


“National and local action must promote disaster prevention with ‘zero casualty’ as a mindset and approach. On the other hand, citizens must do their part by paying attention to government warnings and community advisories, especially when there is a need to evacuate,” Legarda concluded.