MANILA, November 6 (PIA) – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is now on full alert as typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (international name Haiyan) is expected to make a landfall over Samar-Leyte on Friday.
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon enjoined Red Cross chapters in Visayas to be on alert 24 hours and be prepared for any untoward incident.
"We enjoin staff and volunteers of Red Cross chapters based in Visayas to be alert 24 hours a day and continue to monitor their respective areas. We should always be prepared to act immediately for any untoward incident," said Gordon.
Rescue equipment, rubber boats, generator sets, fuel and vehicles are also on standby for possible operation or deployment.
Gordon also called on volunteers to continue to monitor, coordinate and report status of evacuees, overflow of dams, landslides, flooding incidents and general conditions to the PRC National Headquarters Operation Center.
Likewise, additional emergency supplies are being provided to PRC chapters.
Meanwhile, PRC staff and volunteers are also starting to pack relief items such as food, sleeping items and hygiene kits to be distributed to areas that may be affected.
Red Cross is also coordinating for the prepositioning of food items (rice, canned goods, sugar, salt, cooking oil) for 5,000 families and will be handed over to the PRC Chapters that would need urgent support for response operation.
Non-food items such as laundry soap, bath soap, jerry cans, kitchen sets and tarpaulins will also be sent. (PRC/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)