What are the various typhoon hazards? How should we act with the onset of a typhoon? – These are basic questions most of us disregard. Living in a country located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, we are vulnerable to natural disasters such as typhoons, affecting economy and agriculture, among others. Hence, knowing and understanding even just the basics of weather disturbances is necessary. Being equipped with the right knowledge, knowing when to take action, and setting aside complacency could actually save us when Mother Nature decides to express her wrath.
Through the partnership of Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) and Weather Philippines Foundation (WPF) in 2015, 18 of the agreed 35 Automated Weather Stations (AWS) have already been installed in selected host sites (Pililla, Rizal; Bombon, Camarines Sur; Palawan). Weather and Tropical Cyclone 101 trainings for PSFI employees and host community members have also been conducted. With the objective of transferring knowledge about the “basic concepts, processes, and effects of different weather disturbances and rain-producing weather systems in the country,” the training is designed to aid the participants in “creating appropriate preparedness action plans.”
“Founded in 2012, WPF is the Aboitiz Group’s largest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. It aims to deliver critical and accurate weather forecasts to the Filipino community, with the hope of improving nationwide disaster preparedness, and timely response to variable weather conditions. By bringing together the Aboitiz Group’s resources and network, and MeteoGroup’s technical expertise, WPF is poised to be the country’s premier private weather information/content provider. WPF plans to have roughly 1,000 automated weather station/devices installed across the Philippines.” (Source: aboitizfoundation.org)