PDRRMO to Antiqueños : Be vigilant, prepare for 'Auring'

SAN JOSE, Antique, Feb. 20 (PIA) - - Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Broderick Train urged families and communities to be vigilant in anticipation of Tropical Storm Auring which is expected to affect the province by Monday, Feb 22.

“I Appeal to the Antiqueños to remain vigilant and be prepared for the coming of the storm to prevent casualties and loss of properties,” he said in an interview. 

Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Broderick G. Train presides the meeting of the PDRRM Council response cluster.

Tropical Storm Auring might bring heavy rains and strong winds that could trigger secondary hazards such as storm surge, rain-induced landslides, and flash floods.

Train also directed all the municipal and barangay DRRM Councils to take preemptive and precautionary measures to lessen the impact of the tropical storm.

Likewise, they are enjoined to maximize the information dissemination to their communities so that the families could better prepare.

He assured everyone that the Provincial and Municipal DRRMs are open 24/7 as their operation centers are already open and activated.

The personnel are already on alert while the resources and assets will be prepositioned to probable and highly vulnerable areas today, Feb 20, upon the directive of Governor Rhodora Cadiao as Chair of the PDRRMC.

This is to ensure timely response in case TS Auring will hit the province.

The PDRRMO has already issued to the Municipal DRRMs the list of possible areas vulnerable to landslides and flooding due to its occurrence during the previous years when typhoon and other bad weather conditions occur.

Train likewise calls on everyone to follow the health protocols while performing their functions.

During the meeting, the agencies under the response cluster of the PDRRMC reported that they are also prepared and have instructed their personnel to be on their post.

Agencies present during the meeting were representatives from the Philippine Army, Departments of Public Works and Highways, Interior and Local Government, Environment and Natural Resources, Science and Technology, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Philippine National Red Cross, Provincial Information Office and Philippine Information Agency. (JBG/psm/PIA-Antique)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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