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In an effort to enhance the community’s resilience against future disasters, a Family Disaster Preparedness Orientation was conducted on June 16, 2023, in Barangay 11, Poblacion. The event aimed to equip participants, including Purok/Sitio/Zone Officers and Family Heads of families affected by the flood in October 2022, with essential knowledge and skills to effectively manage disasters.
The orientation, held at a community center in Barangay 11, gathered community leaders and residents who experienced the devastating effects of the flood last year. With the objective of making disaster preparedness a way of life, the orientation focused on various aspects of disaster management on what to do before, during, and after disaster.
The orientation covered three main topics that were designed to increase participants’ understanding and preparedness for disasters. The first topic addressed was the Basic Concepts of Disaster, where participants learned about the different types of disasters and their potential impact on the community. This session aimed to create awareness among attendees regarding the importance of being prepared for any eventuality.
The second topic centered on Disaster Management, providing participants with insights into effective strategies and approaches to mitigate the impact of disasters. They were educated on emergency response systems, coordination mechanisms, and the roles and responsibilities of community leaders and individuals during and after a disaster.
Lastly, the orientation delved into Family Preparedness, emphasizing the significance of having a well-defined Family Emergency Plan. Participants learned about creating a plan that includes evacuation procedures, communication strategies, and identifying safe locations within their community. Additionally, they were introduced to have an Emergency Go Bag/Kit, containing essential supplies and documents that would be crucial during emergency situations.
The participants expressed their appreciation for the knowledge and skills they acquired during the event. They were hopeful that this orientation, conducted by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), would contribute to building a resilient community capable of effectively managing and responding to future disasters.
Accordingly, initiatives like the Family Disaster Preparedness Orientation serve as vital tool to empower individuals and communities, ensuring their safety and well-being in the face of adversity.