The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has placed its staff, volunteers and logistics in a state of high alert in the wake of the anticipated impact of Typhoon Nina (international name Nock ten). The Operations Center is closely monitoring the path of the typhoon and is coordinating with concerned Chapters for possible rescue and relief operations.
According to reports, Typhoon Nina has maximum sustained winds of 150 kph and gustiness of up to 185 kph and is now at 790 km east of Guiuan Eastern Samar. Its eye was located at 480 km East of Virac, Catanduanes.
"We have already activated all our volunteers, responders and rescuers to provide any necessary assistance needed. Our chapters in areas that will be or may be affected by Typhoon Nina are already on high alert for response. Eastern Samar recently experienced flooding and earthquake and it is not easy for them to face another calamity. We should not be complacent that it will do no harm, but instead let us take all precautionary measures to avoid any untoward incidents. The mission of the Red Cross is to save lives, and I would like to commend the families of our staff and volunteers who continuously share their loved ones with us so they can be of service in humanity. This, for me, is the true spirit of the holiday season," said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.
So far, PRC's emergency response team, trained responders, chapter staff and 143 volunteers, are on standby for possible deployment with water equipment and logistics.
To date, tropical warning signal number 1 is raised in provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon and Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar. Typhoon Nina is expected to make landfall over Catanduanes by Sunday, December 25, either afternoon or evening.
Amidst the celebration of Christmas holidays, PRC staff and volunteers have pledged to show no let up in doing humanitarian work and shall be on 24/7 duty to monitor, rescue and respond to Typhoon Nina's possible effect in the said provinces.
Source: Philippines News Agency