PALO, Leyte: Preemptive evacuation undertaken by various local government units in Eastern Visayas has brought 595 families or 2,684 persons to various evacuation centers as of 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning, data from the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO 8) Disaster Incident Management Center.
Evacuees were recorded at Tacloban City with 575 families equivalent to 2,618 individuals; Eastern Samar with 18 families or 60 individuals and in Northern Samar with two families or six persons.
In Tacloban City, evacuees are currently staying at the Tacloban City Convention Center with 544 families or 2,448 persons; Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) with 15 families or 95 individuals and San Jose Elementary School with 16 families or 75 individual evacuees.
In Eastern Samar, Arteche Elementary School has 10 family-evacuees or 37 individuals while eight families or 23 persons are at the Arteche National High School.
Evacuees in Northern Samar are now at the San Antonio Elementary School.
Acting regional director Rey M. Gozon of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) in Eastern Visayas said that they are currently monitoring and conducting an inventory of all evacuation centers in the region.
Earlier, Gozon ordered local government units (LGUs) to undertake pre-emptive evacuation as precautionary measure.
Meantime, Police Chief Supt. Elmer R. Soria, director of Police Regional Office 8 (PRO 8) said that as the entire police force in Eastern Visayas is placed on full alert status effective 8:00 a.m. Thursday.
PRO8 is also ready with its SAR-operations trained personnel equipped with capabilities to be effective and systematic in times of emergencies.
An inventory of its SAR assets showed PRO 8 has 768 trained personnel; 137 blue box containing various search and rescue equipment; three 6×6 trucks; one ambulance and one hummer.
All police provincial offices have been provided with these equipment. PNA