Friday, December 5, 2014

All PN units ready for 'Ruby'

From the Philippine News Agency (Dec 5): All PN units ready for 'Ruby'

In preparation for the possible impact of Typhoon "Ruby" which is forecast to affect Eastern and Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Bicol provinces, the Philippine Navy (PN) announced it has already implemented various steps to mitigate the effects of the typhoon.

"The PN leadership already initiated a warning and alert order to its Naval Operation Support Units (NOSU) to prepare the necessary assets and personnel for a proactive response in order to alleviate and address possible damages and losses that will be brought about by the incoming typhoon," said Navy public affairs office chief Lt. Cmdr. Marineth Domingo.

She added that the PN monitors the movements of "Ruby" through its Naval Operations Center (NOC) which is centrally accessible to its NOSU in the affected areas.

Disaster risk reduction units from NOSU are already undertaking precautionary measures which include but not limited to trimming and pruning of tree branches, inspection of flood prone areas, seaside installation, etc.

NOSU is all set as it updates the status of their disaster risk response task organizations, force composition, transportation vehicles and communication equipment, to include the floating assets within their AOR, as well as their typhoon evasion measures and strategic deployment locations, equipment in conducting water search and rescue operations, and immediate medical evacuation.

"Further, the PN is in closed coordination with the local government units, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) to ensure a consolidated effort to effectively address this incoming weather disturbance," Domingo added.

The PN is vigilantly ready when called upon to respond in any emergency situation and disasters that may transpire, she concluded.

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