Glan fire marshal S/Insp. Leilani Bangelis said the observance of the disaster consciousness month this year takes lessons from recent disasters that seriously hit some parts of the country.
On the advent of this month's celebration, two barangays in her area of responsibility, Margus and Cross, suffered heavy rain-infused flashfloods. The night-time flooding caused the death of a 63 year-old woman who was trapped underwater when a coconut tree that was uprooted by strong winds directly fell into her flooded hut.
Bangelis had immediately sent teams to conduct rescue operations of the calamity stricken communities.
She appealed to the public to be more participative in the Bureau of Fire Protection's disaster readiness and preparedness activities that “increase individual’s chance of surviving in any disaster."
Glan Fire Station is also capacitating the fire volunteer brigades that it formed thru trainings on rescue and relief so they could also be tapped during emergencies.
The observance of the Disaster Consciousness Month this time, Bangelis said, is focused on “community readiness and preparedness” which she pointed out “should be a collaboration of various agencies.”
Among their activities lined up in this month’s celebration are ugnayan sa barangay, pre-planning, fire and earthquake drills, fire safety education campaign to schools and house to house campaign on fire prevention and disaster awareness.
She also stressed the importance of “planting more trees from ridge to reef for prevention and mitigation purposes in the future.” Tree planting activities are among the regular undertaking BFP Glan has been conducting in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The celebration which is anchored on the theme “Pamilya at Pamayanang Handa, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa” is supported by Republic Act 10121 that stipulates the government’s role in initiating action, promoting and strengthening the capacity of national and local government units together with its stakeholders in building disaster resilient communities. (Osias D. Paoyon/GLAN BFP)