PRC volunteers, staff to assess earthquake-stricken areas in Bohol, Cebu


Philippine Red Cross (PRC) staff and volunteers have been deployed to assess situation in affected areas in Bohol and Cebu after being struck by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday.

The PRC Bohol Chapter staff and volunteers are all set to respond to medical operations throughout the province.

Four teams were deployed to PRC Cebu City Chapter to assess and rescue in affected areas while the PRC Lapu-Lapu City Chapter deployed two ambulances.

Local chapters in affected areas in Visayas were assessing the situation in their respective areas of responsibility, the PRC noted.

PRC Chairman Richard Gordan meanwhile said that aside from staff and volunteers, he has also prepositioned rescue vehicles in case needed.

“I enjoined all Red Cross volunteers and staff to monitor the situation in their respective areas 24/7 and assess the affected areas immediately. Rescue vehicles should be prepositioned for possible mobilization,” Gordon said.

Meanwhile, PRC Secretary General Dr. Gwendolyn Pang reminded public, especially in Visayas, to remain vigilant.

“After an earthquake, the disaster may continue. Expect and prepare for potential aftershocks. Each time you feel an aftershock, drop, cover and hold on,” Pang said.

Aftershocks frequently occur minutes, days, weeks and even months following an earthquake. Everyone should be vigilant,” she added. PNA


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