Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon alerted PRC volunteers and staff to prepare to respond as PAGASA reports that Hinnamnor may bring heavy rains to extreme Northern Luzon. According to PAGASA, Hinnamnor may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Wednesday evening or Thursday early morning; it will be called “Henry” once it enters PAR. PAGASA may hoist a Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) over extreme Northern Luzon within the PAR, according to the advisory.
Heavy rains may cause flooding and landslides; the PRC reminds the public to follow the organization’s 4Ps: Predict, Plan, Prepare, and Practise, while it monitors the situation on the ground through its chapters and via its state-of-the-art operations center. “Magbantay at maging alerto. ‘Yan ang lagi nating mensahe sa mga Red Cross chapters kapag may parating na bagyo. Nakahanda kami sa Red Cross na rumespondeng muli sa ating mga kababayan sa Northern Luzon, kagayi nang dati, kung kailangan,” Gordon said.
Upholding its mantra “Volunteers + Logistics + Information Technology = a Red Cross that is Always First, Always Ready, Always There,” the PRC, under the leadership of Gordon, has mobilized an army of volunteers on the ground through its Red Cross 143 program, where each barangay forms a group of 44 volunteers who monitor the hazards in their areas of responsibility and assist in delivering PRC’s disaster response operations. This army of volunteers is complemented by PRC’s modern response equipment and data network, enabling the humanitarian organization to rapidly deliver aid in emergency situations arising from hazards.
PAGASA is also currently monitoring another weather system, Tropical Depression (TD) Gardo, but it is “unlikely to directly affect the weather condition in the country within the forecast period,” according to the state weather bureau.
For any emergency assistance, please call the PRC’s Operations Center at 143 or 8790-23-00.