Preparedness is Key to Weathering the Storms


Preparedness is Key to Weathering the Storms

Battered by an average of 20 typhoons a year, Filipino communities need to stay constantly prepared. Relief International provides training to local communities and governments to reduce risks during these natural disasters. Our projects help local communities to map out potential hazards, become knowledgeable about emergency evacuation drills and procedures, and be equipped with physical search and rescue material.

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The aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut. Lynzy Billing/RI
The Philippines is battered by an average of 20 typhoons each year.
On Christmas Day 2019, Relief International delivered safe water kits to communities in Bicol Region affected by the powerful Typhoon Kammuri.
Typhoon Mangkhut in September 2018 brought winds of over 285 kilometers per hour, leaving homes, lives and livelihoods destroyed.
During the aftermath of a typhoon, emergency aid and temporary shelter is crucial in the first 72 hours.
Relief International provides immediate aid to populations by distributing hygiene kits, shelter repair kits, non-food items, including cooking equipment, mosquito nets, and blankets. We also construct latrines and provide emergency medical care.
Relief International’s emergency response team registers internally displaced people (IDP) to receive emergency assistance in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Vinta, which was the deadliest tropical cyclone to strike Mindanao since Typhoon Bopha in 2012
In addition to delivering immediate emergency aid, Relief International works with local communities and the government to help build resilience to future natural disasters and to reduce their risk of harm. In particular, we strengthen barangay and municipal level Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (DRRMCs) by training them in Disaster Risk Reduction.
In Leyte, our teams work alongside local communities on the island to develop emergency evacuation drills and procedures.
Community members develop hazard maps and contingency plans to identify barangay risks and mitigation measures.
Relief International trains Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) in basic disaster response skills, including first aid.
We also distribute kit for search and rescue operations and train communities on how to prepare emergency kit for survival. These 'Go Bags' contain kit for survival for up to 72 hours. They contain essential items such as water, a whistle, a hygiene kit containing bathing soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brush, sanitary napkins, a flashlight with extra battery, over the counter medicines such as for diarrhoea, headache, fever, and cough, first-aid kit, toilet paper, easy to cook food, a transistor radio, a mobile phone, extra clothes and personal documents.