PAGADIAN CITY: The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has drawn attention to prepare for super typhoon Ruby (Hagupit).
PDRRMC officer Wilfredo Asoy Jr. called all mayors and their MDRRMC officers to be watchful for the super typhoon, which is now gaining strength with very strong winds of up to 215 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 250 kph.
PAGASA said Ruby was last spotted around 450 kilometers east of Guiuan.
Zamboanga del Sur, along with the two Misamis provinces, is placed at Alert Level C, according to PAGASA.
Provinces with Alert Level C, added PAGASA, have an estimated rain of 10-20 meters per hour (from heavy to intense) with winds somewhere between 95-110 kph.
Asoy reported that search and rescue teams are ready to respond and stand-by vehicles ready for dispatch should typhoon Ruby strike anytime this weekend.
Meanwhile, VM Divina Grace Yu, assembled the CDRRMC yesterday afternoon to thresh out contingency plans.
CDRRMC officer Haron Damada said the council would monitor coastal villages, the flood prone areas and those lying at the front of landslides.
Damada advised coastal residents to “prepare and pack desired things for possible evacuation,” as he called on the Barangay Emergency Response Team and Incident Command System for activation.
City PNP Director Supt. Glenn Dulawan said he is ready to provide personnel to help CDRRMC in keeping an eye on the typhoon. (WITH REPORTS FROM GIDEON CORGUE)