World Vision's office in Manila is working closely with our program areas in Isabela and Cagayan to make plans and preparations for the typhoon. Part of the plan implemented was to disseminate information about the typhoon to all barangay (village) leaders and partner towns through text messaging, coordinate with the province and town’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (DRRMC) regarding relief plans and location of evacuation centers, monitor and update the status of children in the communities, and coordinate with the local authorities for the prepositioning of goods.
In southern Luzon, the incoming typhoon initially had strong winds and rain creeping into the farming and fishing villages of Samar and Bicol region. Evacuation centers are now prepared to house at least 23,000 people if needed. Signal 1 remains hoisted in 5 provinces including Albay, Sorsogon, and Catanduanes which will feel the brunt of the developing supertyphoon Wednesday morning as it gains strength from 105 to 115 kph with gusts as high as 145 kph as it heads toward northern Luzon.
Reynor Imperial, World Vision disaster management specialist explains, “It will possibly hit the coastal areas of Isabela which include the three coastal municipalities where we are still providing relief assistance to people affected by Typhoon Megi last year. It gained strength while it slowed down, meaning its strength will stay in one place for a while, which will be more devastating to the place it hits.”
Imperial advised all World Vision programs to "prepare for this and have your key people for response on standby and work with the town and village officials for preparedness measures." She added, "People must have learned to be well-prepared, surviving the hard experiences of past disasters. Barely 8 months ago, Typhoon Megi devastated the coastal areas of Maconacon, Palanan, and Divilacan in Isabela. World Vision provided shelter assistance, cash for work programs, seeds assistance and child-friendly spaces for over 20,000 families."
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