Central Luzon disaster councils brace for possible impact of TD ‘Ambo’

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) here alerted all local disaster risk and management councils and offices in Central Luzon to monitor and prepare for the possible effects of tropical depression “Ambo,” which will make a landfall in the province of Aurora on Monday.

Josefina Timoteo, chairperson of the RDRRMC and regional director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 3, said all concerned members of the disaster councils have been ordered to undertake precautionary measures and other disaster response activities to ensure goal of zero casualty in times of calamity.

“We already alerted and advised all Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (DRRMOs) in the region to take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the residents, especially those in flood and landslide prone areas,” she said.

Timoteo said the RDRRMC conducted a pre-disaster risk assessment meeting in preparation for the possible effects of the tropical depression in the region, particularly in Aurora.

She said the RDRRMC Operations Center is now on alert to closely monitor the situation.

She also said that the all local disaster risk reduction and management councils were advised to disseminate storm advisories and warnings through SMS as well as local radio and television stations.

Likewise, she said that concerned government agencies and local disaster councils are on standby to monitor the water level in major dams and rivers in the region for possible flash floods and landslides that may be caused by the rainfall.

Timoteo said that rescue and emergency response teams are on standby as well as the pre-positioning of search-and-rescue equipment and personnel have already been put in place.

She also said that local government units (LGUs) in the region have prepared food supplies and disaster response equipment and teams in anticipation of evacuation and other emergencies.

Meanwhile, she asked the public to keep monitoring on the weather reports. Zorayda Tecson/PNA/northboundasia.com