Albay now on code blue alert; power shut down in Catanduanes

LEGAZPI CITY — The Albay Provincial Health Office (PHO) announced it has raised its code alert from white to blue during the meeting of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) on Sunday morning.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Nathaniel Rempillo said the Albay Health and Emergency Management (AHEM) team is on standby mode as typhoon “Nina” is expected to make its landfall in Catanduanes early Sunday evening.

“With more than 200 ready and well-trained personnel and staff, we are prepared,” he said.

Rempillo said some 121 personnel composed of nurses, doctors and trained rescuers and health personnel from AHEM and 100 different hospitals, rural health units are on standby for action anytime.

“Code white represents the readiness of the health teams while blue is used when the possible number of affected families range from 50 or more. The red code as the highest form of alert means more than 100 families are affected,” he said.

Emergency codes, which are used in hospitals worldwide to alert the staff on various emergencies, are intended to convey essential information quickly and with minimal misunderstanding among staff while preventing stress and panic among visitors to the hospital.

Codes are posted on placards throughout the hospital or printed on employee identification badges for ready reference.

Meanwhile, as of 2:25 p.m. Sunday, a total of 12,108 persons or 2,651 families from 53 barangays (villages) from different towns in Catanduanes have taken shelter in various evacuation centers and private houses, said Edna Bagadiong, information center manager of the Philippine Information Agency in Catanduanes.

She said as part of preventive measures, power distributors have shut down power service in Catanduanes. Connie Destura/