Upon the directive of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, all the Punong Barangays and key officials of the city government responsible for disaster preparedness and response were convened this morning to alert and mobilize them to be ready with the possible effects of Typhoon Odette now that Negros Oriental has been placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1.
Vice-Mayor Karissa Tolentino-Maxino, Liga ng mga Barangay President Dionie Amores and City DRRM Officer Allen Froilan Cabaron II with City Adviser on Security Concerns retired General Rey Lyndon Lawas provided the participants with the latest update of Typhoon Odette, its characteristics and advised Barangay officials to preposition their resources and personnel who could be promptly deployed when needed.
The school principals also assured that their classrooms are also ready to receive and provide shelter to affected families of the typhoon, should there be any.
PAGASA reports that Typhoon Odette may cause flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains with strong winds prevailing or expected within 36 hours.
Meanwhile, as of 8:00PM Wednesday PAGASA also forecasted that light to moderate with occasional heavy rains are expected over the provinces of Biliran and Bohol within 1 to 2 hours.
The above conditions are being experienced in Leyte; Southern Leyte; Eastern Samar and Samar which may persist within 2-3 hours.
The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to monitor the weather condition and watch for the next advisory to be issued at 11:00 PM.