The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed ambulances, 6x6 truck, rescue vehicle, generator sets, Welfare teams, food and medical and family tents as part of its emergency and relief efforts for the magnitude 5.6 and 6.0 earthquakes that shook Mabini, Batangas, and nearby towns at 3:07 p.m. and 3:09 p.m., respectively, on April 8, 2017, Saturday.
Four days prior, on April 4, the province also experienced an earthquake, a magnitude 5.5 tremor with epicenter in Tingloy.
The April 8 twin earthquakes were results of new movements in the Lubang Fault line, and were not aftershocks to the April 4 quake. But they are all related, according to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) Director Renato Solidum.
Philippine Red Cross Batangas Chapter was first on the scene again and was able to provide relief and assistance immediately. Red Cross trained staff and volunteers were able to perform first aid management to those who experienced fainting and dizziness, transported a number of patients, assisted in evacuation from malls and hospitals, and provided welfare services to those affected.
As of 9:00 p.m. on April 8, 2017, PRC has deployed the following:
- 5 ambulances (3 from Batangas Chapter, 2 from National Headquarters)
- 1 Rescue vehicle
- 4x4 service vehicle
- 6x6 truck
- Hot-Meals-on-Wheels van
- 50 tents (30 medical; 20 family)
- 3 generator sets
- 11 Welfare teams for psychological first aid and psychosocial support
PRC has also immediately responded to Mabini Mayor Noel Luistro’s request for assistance through establishing medical tents for temporary shelter of hospital patients and transporting patients from Mabini General Hospital to San Pascual Hospital.
PRC continuously reminds the public to always be prepared and know what to do during disasters. PRC Hazards App, gives users warnings for different types of hazards—tsunamis, typhoons, floods, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes. The warnings are issued by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and are personalized according to area and even the people the user wants to keep tabs on during emergencies. It also offers tips on how to prepare lifeline kits, and what to do during and after specific types of hazards.
Be alert and stay alert! Download the PRC Hazards App now, available for free on the App Store and Google Playstore. Once downloaded, the app can function even when offline.
Want to help out? Visit the PRC website at www.redcross.org.ph.