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Government ready to handle Typhoon Auring’s entry January 3, 2013

Government ready to handle Typhoon Auring’s entry
January 3, 2013

Concerned government agencies are prepared to handle any situation with the entry of Typhoon Auring in the country, a Palace official said on Thursday.

In a regular press briefing in Malacanang, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is on top of the situation. He added that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already been informed about the new typhoon.

“Our standard operating procedure is to identify areas that will be hit by the path of the LPA (low pressure area) and so we have pre-positioned goods already in those areas, and also the local government units have already been warned,” Lacierda said.
“I think, our level of preparedness has improved, and the local government officials are more than aware of what they need to do in times of a storm,” he stressed.
As a country being visited by more than 20 typhoons a year, Lacierda said a group of foreign scientists would come to the Philippines to observe the country’s climate.
Lacierda also said that the government has been working on a more understandable storm warning system so that the public could do the necessary preparations if there’s an incoming typhoon.

The President issued a directive a few months ago calling on government agencies to make their storm warnings more comprehensible to ordinary people after noting that the NDRRMC and Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s (PAGASA) reports were too technical to be understood, he said.
Among the basic information that should be given and must be understood by the public during times of weather disturbances are wind gustiness and the amount of rainfall affecting a locality, Lacierda added.

According to Lacierda, the Palace’s Communications Group, the NDRRMC and PAGASA are the agencies working together to improve the country’s storm warning system.

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