Baguio folk told to be vigilant especially during calamities

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A city disaster risk reduction and management office (CDRRMO) official is reminding residents and visitors of the Summer Capital to always be vigilant and aware of their surroundings especially during times of calamities and bad weather like  monsoon rains.

LDRRM Officer III Louie Glenn Lardizabal made the appeal in a media forum, July 28, at City Hall.

We are all stakeholders when it comes to our personal safety and security including that of our loved ones and should not totally be depend on the city government because it can’t do it all by itself, he said.

“Response usually comes at a later point so it is always better to be aware and vigilant of warning signs especially for those living in erosion or landslide-prone areas  in the city,” Lardizabal said.

One warning sign, he said, is when you can’t suddenly close your door or have a harder time doing so, and is not caused by warping, but it could be possible that there might be ground movement.

Another early warning sign that erosion may occur is when a creek in your landslide-prone area that was once clear is now muddy or filled with stones, he added

“Please do pre-emptive evacuation if you see that your life and that of your family members are at risk and should no longer wait for any announcement since every second counts,” Lardizabal said.

He also reminded the public to stay healthy and follow strict health protocols especially  minimum public health standards as protection against the coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) and its variants.-Gaby B. Keith

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