Monthly Archive: November 2013

Yolanda: Update and Resources

As of November 11, the DSWD has extended free satellite net service to close to 2,000 individuals in areas in Tacloban affected by the supertyphoon. Among those who have used the service are members of the media and NGOs. Said service was made available for our countrymen who wish to contact their loved ones.

Quick Links:

Emergency hotlines
Report on government response efforts
Info for those who want to donate or volunteer in Cebu, Tacloban, or CDO
Telco services restored in more typhoon-hit areas
Matrix of international pledges
List of evacuation centres.
The Red Cross’s Yolanda – RFL and Tracing Form
List of Casualties
A Compiled List of Yolanda / Haiyan Informational Maps: Space-based information

Summary: 8 Days Ago (7th of November)

When Typhoon Yolanda, internationally known as Typhoon Haiyan, formed as an identified tropical depression “31W”, meteorologists began tracing her path towards the Philippines there was little attention given from the international media on her potential impacts as developments in her size and path became a concern.[quote cite=”Social Welfare and Development”] “As of 12 noon, the number of families affected by typhoon Yolanda has reached the two million mark composed of 9.53 million persons as Local Government Units (LGUs) from Regions IV-A and B, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, and CARAGA continue to assess the extent of the disaster.”[/quote] The day Yolanda made landfall on the Philippines as a Category 5 Super-Typhoon images and footage rolled in the international media began incredulous coverage of the Typhoon Yolanda, most continuing coverage of the complex emergency and devastation left behind.  There is (obviously) national coverage of the ongoing crisis in some detail, though many small, local news sources are not available because of the great infrastructural damage in most affected regions.

Summary: Eight Days Later (15th of November)

Eight days later, there are many concerns in the Central Philippines that have yet to be alleviated. Due to massive damages to the infrastructure it has been a challenge to get needed supplies areas critically affected by Typhoon Yolanda, but aide has arrived or is en-route.  The Department of Energy has deployed generators to Yolanda-hit areas.  
 

 A total of 17,890 personnel, 844 vehicles, 44 seacraft, 31 aircraft, and other assets / equipment from National and Local Agencies, Responders and Volunteer Organizations were prepositioned and deployed to strategic areas to facilitate response operations. —NDRRMC Situation Report on the effects of Typhoon YOLANDA, November 14, 2013 (6:00 p.m.)

State of National Calamity

Major media outlets have reported on the hard hit areas, most covering the scathed capital city of Leyte; Tacloban City. Due to its large size, the damage is apparent, and the emergent needs of this city are undoubtedly great, as are the needs of all towns, cities, and barangays in Samar, Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, and Palawan. The Presidential Proclamation No.682, dated November 11, 2013 declared a State of National Calamity, affecting Samar, Cebu, Leyte, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, and Palawan. [quote cite=”Official Gazette” url=”http://www.gov.ph/2013/11/11/dswd-provides-taclobanons-with-satellite-internet-service/”] As of November 11, the DSWD has extended free satellite net service to close to 2,000 individuals in areas in Tacloban affected by the supertyphoon. Among those who have used the service are members of the media and NGOs. Said service was made available for our countrymen who wish to contact their loved ones.[/quote ]With not enough people to properly identify every body found, it is anticipated that a number of victims will go unidentified, and with regional environmental and weather factors, time is an important factor for both identification and needed burial.  There are plausible concerns of flood waters and additional rains causing sickness, infection. Hospitals are reporting they are close to running out of needed medicines as well as doctors and nurses concerned they won’t be able to meet the needs of critical care for patients.

 

Many hope that with international resources combined, food, medical supplies and basic necessities will be able to be delivered faster and in greater quantity. Combined forces, assembled medical personnel teams, along with aid and relief packages that are now arriving in greater numbers in the proclaimed State of Calamity areas.  Measures  are being taken to help fix immediate obstacles, assist those in need of rescue, restore peace and order, maintain security, and a price freeze on essential medicines has been implemented. These examples are all indicators of the strong response that has become more tangible now that efforts have increased in pace and overall progress.

Updates from The Official Gazette

Official List of Casualties

Deceased: 3633
Injured: 12487
Missing: 1179
 

The DSWD has opened satellite repacking centers of relief goods in the NCR and in affected regions. Meanwhile, the schedule for volunteers at DSWD-NROC is already full until November 18. All those interested in volunteering, please call 851-2681/852-8081.

Food and Water

Field Bulletin No. 3: On relief operations in Yolanda-affected areas

Field Bulletin No. 2: On relief operations in Yolanda-affected areas

Status of relief and rehabilitation efforts in Yolanda-affected areas as of November 15, 2013 (6:00 a.m.)

DSWD assures faster relief ops

Medical

Field Bulletin No. 4: On relief operations in Yolanda-affected areas (medical supplies)

Field Bulletin No. 3: On relief operations in Yolanda-affected areas (medical supplies)

Contact persons and hotlines from the Department of Health, Eastern Visayas & Central Office

“We won’t stop until we get all medical teams on the ground” – DOH

Shelter

Funding and Foreign Aid

Interagency One-Stop-Shop for donated relief goods fully operational

Infrastructure

Relief effort reaches typhoon-ravaged areas via supply routes

Power

AFP opens communication cells in Tacloban, Mactan, and Roxas City

Communications

Restoring communications after Yolanda: Updates as of November 12, 2013

DSWD provides Taclobanons with satellite Internet service

Security

Peace and security efforts in Yolanda-struck areas

Resources:

Maps

Google Crisis and Relief Map

DSWD Disaster Mitigation and Response Situation Map

DENR GDIS Map

A Compiled List of Yolanda / Haiyan Informational Maps: Space-based information

Weather

PAGASA 

Project NOAH

Reports

NDRMMC Situation Report

Status of Municipalities, Towns and Cities, in Leyte, Eastern Samar, Western Samar (The matrix is up to date as of November 15, 2013, 5:00 p.m.)

International Assistance Matrix

People Finder

Google Person Finder

A mobile version of this tool is available. You can also search with SMS by texting 2662999 (Globe), 4664999 (SMART), 22020999 (Sun), or +1.650.800.3977 with the message Search [name]. For example, to search for Joshua, text Search Joshua.

Person Finder is a searchable missing person database written in Python and hosted on App Engine. Person Finder implements the PFIF data model and provides PFIF import and export as well as PFIF Atom feeds. It was initially created by Google volunteers in response to the Haiti earthquake in January 2010, and today contains contributions from many volunteers inside and outside of Google. It was used again for the earthquakes in Chile, Yushu, and Japan, and now runs at http://google.org/personfinder/.

Red Cross RFL and Tracing Form

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed assessment and rescue teams to the areas affected by recent typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), locally known as Yolanda, to evaluate the damage and to support rescue efforts. Welfare Desks including RFL and tracing services are established in the affected areas. National Societies abroad that are approached by families without news of their loved ones can contact the PRC Social Services Department Email: sos@redcross.org.ph, zenaida.beltejar@redcross.org.ph Mobile: 09175328500 Landline: 5270000 loc. 126, 5270867 Twitter: @philredcross @justcallmelloyd @ilovemishang @lynvgarcia or use the #TracingPH Email: lyn.garcia@redcross.org.ph, kenneth.dimalibot@redcross.org.ph, opcen@redcross.org.ph

Other Resources

StatusPH: Real-time location based information aimed at both users and systems

Creating a map and database that shows ongoing actions such as rescue missions, hospitals, meeting points, points of internet, points of phone reception.

Super lightweight, fast and mobile optimised. Focus is on the INPUT side as well as allowing individuals with mobile access to see what’s available near them.

StatusPH (http://www.statusph.net/) has an API and now needs developers to assist in writing more scripts to help StatusPH get additional actionable data from other sources.  They have a complete guide and documentation for how any developer can contribute and work, in any language.  Simply visit https://github.com/PimDeWitte/spowerscripts.

Effects of the storm

Visit www.piacaraga.com’s Yolanda page.

Online information for natural calamities

What does it mean if an area is under a state of calamity?

Make sense of PAGASA’s color-coding signals.

Learn more about the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Learn more about PAGASA’s public storm warning signals

Infographic: Mga paalala ukol sa storm surge

Infographic: Mga paalala ukol sa baha

Other Local Government Units (links to Local Government Academy website)

 

If you have something you see missing in this list of resources, or have a suggestion of a resource, or a compiled list of resources to add, a map, or a volunteer opportunity, please comment below, and once verified, they information will be added. Thank you!

 

Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

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Typhoon Yolonda Gallery:

 

Super Typhoon Yolandai (internationally known as Haiyan), thought to be the largest typhoon of this year’s season, measures 600km in diameter, and at 4:40AM Philippine Standard Time, Yolanda made landfall over Guiuan, Eastern Samar.ii  PAGASAiii predicts that on Saturday morning, Typhoon Yolanda is expected to be 240km West Northwest of Coron, Palaan. It will be Saturday evening before Yolanda will be outside of PARiv. Maximum sustained winds are predicted to reach 235kph near the centre and have gusts up to 275kph, accompanied by an average of 10.0 – 30.0mm per hour within the 600 km diameter of the Super Typhoon.v

 

[quote style=”1″]”YOLANDA”, after hitting Guiuan ( Eastern Samar), is expected to traverse the provinces of Biliran, the Northern tip of Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Romblon, Semirara Island, the Southern part of Mindoro then Busuanga and will exit the Philippine landmass (on Saturday early morning) towards the West Philippine Sea. Estimated rainfall amount is from 10.0 – 30.0 mm per hour (Heavy – Intense) within the 400 km diameter of the Typhoon. Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and over the eastern seaboard of Central

Luzon. Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signal #4, #3 and #2 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal #4, #3 and #2 are alerted against storm surges which may reach up to 7-meter wave height. The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 AM today. [/quote]

 PAGASA and JTWC Updates

PAGASA has issued images showing the predicted path of Yolanda. PAGASA has also provided hourly updates, bulletins, and warnings that can be accessed by visiting http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/wb/tcupdate.shtml. The JTWCvi has also issued images of predicted path, satellite composites, and enhanced imagery. JTWC’s updates, forecast discussions, and warnings can be found at http://www.usno.navy.mil/JTWC/.

 PAGASA Signals

There are warnings. also known as signals that given to the public from PAGASA.  These warnings, or signals, are called Philippine Public Storm Warning Signals, and abbreviated as PSWS.vii  PSWS range from low to high intensity, as well as anticipated to sudden impact; the lowest of the warning signals is #1, and the highest of the signals is #4.viii To understand more about what each signal specifically means, visit http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/genmet/psws.html#psws3. The current PSWS issued for the Philippines concerning Typhoon Yolanda can be accessed at http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/wb/tcupdate.shtml or http://www.gov.ph/crisis-response/updates-typhoon-yolanda/.

 IFRC, Philippine Red Cross & Community Chapters

The Philippine Red Cross has been encouraging preparedness for Yolanda through social media accounts, community outreach, and through their web page. Their Chapters have been briefed and are now staged in their respective communities across the Philippines prepared to offer aid, and basic essentials. They issued their PRC Preparedness and Response Plan Re: Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) yesterday, giving a broad look at the measures they have taken to help. For more information and updates on what the Philippine Red Cross is currently doing you can visit their website at http://www.redcross.org.ph/, find them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, or subscribe to their You Tube Channel. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies issued an information bulletin on 7 November, 2013.

Earlier on Thursday, 7 November, the IFRC participated in a Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and cluster leads meeting on the preparedness for response to Typhoon Haiyan. The IFRC Country Representative and the global shelter cluster regional focal point for Asia Pacific– who is in the Philippines since 18 October 2013 supporting an ongoing activation relating to the Central Visayas earthquake– participated. In preparation, the emergency shelter cluster has placed a team on standby to join rapid multi-sector assessment teams that are likely to be deployed in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Meanwhile, on Thursday afternoon, 7 November, the PRC and Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners with presence in the Philippines – Australian Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross, German Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Netherlands Red Cross and Spanish Red Cross – will have a meeting to define how they will best support the PRC in responding to potential humanitarian needs that will be wrought by the typhoon. In due course, partners will be updated on how the Movement components will coordinate possible interventions. —excerpt from IFRC Information Bulletin

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Official Resources

Other Important Resources:

Government Yolanda Updates (Updated Regularly)

Philippine Red Cross Survival Tips

Update: Typhoon Yolanda highest predicted storm surge and tide

List of municipalities expected to be affected by 40-60 mm 3-hour accumulated rainfall

List of municipalities expected to be affected by 60-100 mm 3-hour accumulated rainfall

List of barangays with alluvial fans

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 Warning to the Public

dotc_secretary_jabayaThe Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) warns the public of individuals attempting to solicit favours using the name of DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio “Jun” Aguinaldo Abaya or representative/s of the Secretary or any of the Department’s officials. The DOTC advises the public to report any such request/s for favours/ transactions by the said individuals to the Office of the Secretary at Tel.Nos.724-6465/ 723-4698 or the Office of the Administrative Service Director at Tel. No.721-0800.

 

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Footnotes:

i Haiyan was locally named Yolanda after entering the Philippine area of responsibility.

ii As reported by the most recent update bulletins issued at 11PM local time on Thursday by the PAGASA.

iii PAGASA stands for the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration

iv PAR is the acronym for the Philippine Area of Responsibility, and Yolanda is predicted to be outside of PAR Saturday evening, when she is 934 km West Northwest of Coron, Palawan as stated by PAGASA.

v Refer to PAGASA weather bulletin: http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/wb/tcupdate.shtml

vi JTWC is the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, hosted and maintained by the United States Navy.

vii PSWS represents the Philippine Public Storm Warning Signals