Disaster preparedness should be part of the plan

SM Marikina stands above a Marikina River water level rise of 23 meters as it rests on 246 pilings and an additional 20 meters further than the suggested distance of 90 meters from the center line of the Marikina River . CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

A 2018 Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) STUDY showed that 47.5% of all respondents said they had done nothing to prepare for a disaster in the past five years, and only 36% felt sufficiently prepared.

Information could be found, at the click of a button, through digitized documentation efforts, led by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) on https://www.phivolcs. dost.gov.ph/index.php/gisweb-hazard maps.

Once you’ve assessed your location’s vulnerabilities, you can actively prepare yourself and your home for any impending disaster. Check that your house has not been damaged and whether it was made from materials that can withstand ground movement or high winds. Keep a Go Bag with emergency resources accessible, both at home and at work.

Finally, monitor your local government unit’s social media for any announcements. Familiarize yourself with as many routes as possible to the nearest evacuation center. Schools, village courts and even shopping malls such as SM Supermalls have often opened their doors to receive evacuees in times of crisis.

SM, as a responsible member of the community, had viewed disaster resilience as a necessary investment to ensure the prosperity of our communities. SM allocated 10% of its capital expenditure to the integration of disaster-resistant features, of which the installation of water management design features was one. By ensuring that its investments, employees, tenants and partners are resilient, no Filipino would be left behind.

Visit www.smprime.com for more information about SM Prime Holdings and its other disaster preparedness programs.