Central 911 ready for storm surges

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


DAVAO City has prepared its safety and rescue management unit in the event of storm surges and tsunamis, an official of the Central 911 said Wednesday.

Emmanuel Jaldon, chief of Central 911, said an integrated evacuation plan or exit plan of the city has already been completed.

"We are now putting in the necessary tools to support the plan. Just be aware that this plan involves different barangays, especially in the coastal areas vulnerable to storm surges and tsunamis," he said during the AFP-PNP press conference.

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He said 12 coastal barangays have been classified as vulnerable to these calamities and emergencies.

Early warning devices are already installed in these areas in order to evacuate accordingly when emergency situation comes.

"It is already the responsibility of the barangays to set these up. We are monitoring the accomplishment of the project," he said.

He said the directional signages will guide residents the escape route towards the evacuation center on a higher ground.

Based on the plan, Jaldon said that residents from Barangay 76-A Bucana will take the direction towards the wireless cemetery, a higher ground in case of a storm surge.

He said many barangays have installed indigenous warning systems like acetylene tanks as bells while others use electronic early warning devices. (ANC)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 22, 2014.

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