9 February 2012
Davao’s Central 911 urges residents to have Grab-kits for disaster preparedness
DAVAO CITY—The Davao City Central 911 Emergency Response Center has urged Davaoeños to have grab-kits in their homes and in their offices as part of disaster preparedness.
911 chief Ver Monsanto describes a grab kit as a bag that contains spare clothes, blankets, food and water. He says that, in case of disaster, like flooding, evacuating individuals can use these grab kits to sustain them until help arrives.
Monsanto said that the flash floods in Iligan Cagayan de Oro and the recent earthquake, which struck Negro Oriental, saw rescue and relief help coming days after the disaster. Many of the victims evacuated without carrying provisions and thus were left without food and water for days. “If you don’t have grab kit, what will happen to you?” Monsanto added.
People can prepare grab kits by picking a bag and filling it with spare clothes, preferably which you have been using, non-perishable food items and most importantly water. They can store it in their homes, offices, schools or places where they frequent Monsanto said
Meanwhile the 911 chief said that they are getting regular weather updates from the PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration) and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) so that they can be sure of possible weather disturbances. He says the forecasts of the two weather forecasting bodies sometimes vary.
This information is then relayed to the barangay officials and the media with the hope that weather advisories would be disseminated to the public. (PIA)