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Palace creates system warning of storm surge

Tacloban in Leyte was left  in debris after a storm surge during the devastation of typhoon Yolanda. Erik De Castro
Tacloban in Leyte was left in debris after a storm surge during the devastation of typhoon Yolanda. Erik De Castro

The government is looking to institutionalizing storm surge and flood advisory protocols to improve and anticipate disaster preparedness, Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma said the idea was brought up during Thursday’s full Cabinet meeting at the Palace.

Science Secretary Mario Montejo and Project NOAH executive director Mahar Lagmay presented before the meeting of three levels of warning to declare prior a storm surge from the last 50 years to project calamity trends.

The protocol for the Storm Surge Advisory is as follows: SSA1 for storm surges with a height of up to two meters, SSA 2 for five-meter-high surges, and SSA3 for storm surges that are more than five meters high.

The SSA will be given 48 hours before the actual storm surge.

A flood advisory protocol will be made by the Palace in areas flood prone.

The FA1 is equivalent to 129 millimeters of rainfall while FA2 is equal to 190mm and FA3 for 250mm amount of rainfall.

The Palace said this system would be prevention against storm surge—the latest during the typhoon Yolanda devastation.

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