To ensure public safety and well-being, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) released safety reminders to avoid untoward incidents this coming Black Nazarene procession or Traslacion 2018.
Here are some of PRC safety reminders for Black Nazarene devotees:
- Know the route of the procession
- Inform your family members that your are participating in the feast and your other whereabouts.
- Advise your family to secure your house before leaving. Unplug all electrical appliances.
- Be physically and mentally prepared.
- Pregnant women and persons who are sick are advised to stay at home and rest.
- Be sure to have an ID, medical information, and emergency contact numbers with you.
- Bring your medications.
- Wear proper clothing and footwear. Avoid wearing expensive jewelries and bringing expensive electronic devices.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages. Do not bring sharp objects.
- Make sure you have eaten before going to the feast, and bring extra candies and biscuits. Bring your own water for the duration of your participation.
- Bring protective gears against the heat and rain, such as caps and umbrellas
- Beware of the possible hazards around you during the procession (i.e. motor vehicles, falling debris etc.)
- Know where you are at all times. When coming by groups, assign a designated meeting point in case someone gets lost.
- Stay awayfrom disorderly group or people
- Maintain proper distance from who/what to avoid unnecessary injuries. Plan a safe exit path.
- If there is untoward incident, do not panic and take cover for any threats/hazards
- Know the location and means of access towards medical stations, police stations, and other available emergency authorities within the area.
- Know your local emergency numbers in case of emergency. Contact Red Cross hotline 143 or 7902300.
Last year, PRC served 2,566 people for medical needs. Among those who have been given aid were persons who suffered dizziness, hypertension, sprain or fracture, various injuries, and other needed assistance like looking for missing companions.
The Philippine Red Cross, as the foremost humanitarian organization in the country, has 103 chapters with two million volunteers nationwide that is always first, always ready, and always there to provide round-the- clock humanitarian assistance, especially to the most vulnerable.
Aside from first aid and ambulance responses under safety service, PRC also has services which include disaster management, health, welfare, blood, volunteer service, and Red Cross youth.