PDRRMO tells townsfolk: Prepare for the worst


WITH the onset of the rainy season, residents of  Sitio Nalbagan, Umanday in Bugallon, a low-lying area, have started to prepare for contingencies guided by the safety tips prepared by the  Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office’s (PDRRMO) to avoid loss of lives and minimize losses to properties:

Safety tips that start at home:

1) Check areas to be fixed or repaired at home. 2) Keep a list of emergency and rescue hotlines. 3) When planning a trip, prepare a 72-hour go-bag containing easy to prepare food, potable water, medicine, flashlights with ample spare batteries and power banks for mobile phones. 4) Reduce speed when traveling on wet roads because these are slippery.  5) During a typhoon, families living in low-lying and flood prone areas must prepare to evacuate before flood arises. Install a safety line across usual flooded areas before evacuation for safer crossing.

Meanwhile, PDRRMO reminds communities to be familiar with the color-coded rainfall advisory to the public: 

a) Yellow rainfall: When the expected rainfall amount is between 7.5 mm and 15 mm within one hour and likely to continue. Expect flooding in low-lying areas.

b)  Orange rainfall: When rainfall is between 15 mm and 30 mm within one hour. Flooding is almost certain.

c) Red rainfall: When rainfall is more than 30 mm within one hour or if rainfall continued for the past three hours. Expect severe flooding. So communities must prepare to evacuate.

For regular updates, follow the Pangasinan PDRRMO Facebook page. (Melody Valento)

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