THE city government of Makati has mobilized its disaster response and management network just in case Typhoon Ruby (international name: Hagupit) hits Metro Manila.
Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay called members of the Makati Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC), city councilors and barangay officials to an emergency meeting to discuss measures to ensure the safety of residents and mitigate the damage from the typhoon.
Binay said the city has to prepare for the worst. “We are not taking any chances. We need to be ready for any eventuality,” he stressed.
The mayor has instructed the concerned DRRMC members to immediately preposition all necessary vehicles and equipment at the city hall quadrangle for easy deployment. He also instructed the city’s social welfare department to purchase additional relief goods, blankets and other items that may be need by evacuees.
Being readied by the city government are trucks that may be used to ferry evacuees, ambulances, fire trucks, rescue vehicles, patrol cars and buses. Water filtration devices, tents, chainsaws and power generators are also being prepared for prepositioning.
Binay also asked the barangay heads to immediately send community barkers to inform residents of the dangers from the typhoon and to prepare for the evacuation of residents near danger zones.
The police force, fire responders, doctors and nurses, and other response teams are also on heightened alert.