Disaster preparedness seminar in Dagupan City

By: April M. Montes
DAGUPAN CITY – To educate Dagupan families on what to prepare and what to do when a certain natural crisis arise, battery firm Eveready conducted a disaster preparedness seminar on January 25 at the People’s Astrodome here.
Louie Domingo, chief of Eveready emergency center, said the seminar was part of Eveready’s advocacy campaign dubbed “Pamilyang Ready, Ligtas na Community.”
It is meant to equip people with steps in ensuring their family and community’s safety from pending disasters and other emergencies, Domingo said.
The activity also aims to hone the families’ and communities’ capability to anticipate, cope and recover from the negative effects of disaster, he added.
Eveready partnered with the Dagupan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to share valuable knowledge and know-how’s which are deemed useful in times of emergencies.
The activity introduced the E-balde (E-pail) emergency kit containing batteries, flashlights, medicines, water, canned goods and other necessities during survival situations.
Known as one of the disaster-prone countries in the world, the Philippines was identified as a disaster hot-spot by a study conducted by the World Bank in 2008. The country ranks third following countries like Vanuatu and Tonga.
According to the study, 50.3 percent of its total area and 81.3 percent of its population are prone to natural disasters. Among the most damaging disasters recorded by the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) are tropical storms and floods.
These calamities cause the loss of lives, livelihood, houses and services.
To address this alarming concern, Eveready mounted the campaign with the goal of helping residents of various communities around the country to be more prepared in facing eventualities.
The campaign was earlier brought to Davao, Cebu, and Metro Manila; and is set to reach Batangas and General Santos in the next few months. (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

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