PHILIPPINES

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS STORM SHELTER PROJECT 2015 – 2016

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On average the Philippines receive 20 typhoons a year, and these natural disasters are growing in frequency and intensity. In November of 2013, Typhoon Haiyan hit reaching wind speeds of 315 kilometres per hour, devastating communities and claiming more than 6,300 lives. Just over one year later, Typhoon Hagupit struck the region, reaching speeds of 215 kilometres per hour, claiming 28 lives. This second storm hindered re-building efforts in communities still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan. These local communities are in need of adequate shelter that can withstand severe storm conditions.

In 2015 GlobalMedic initiated a new project rooted in disaster preparedness on the island of Leyte, in the Municipality of Tanauan. Four evacuation shelters able to withstand up to 252km/h winds were constructed in highly vulnerable communities.

HAIYAN

6,300+

LIVES

LOST

20

TROPICAL STORMS

ANNUALLY

HAGUPIT

215

KILOMETER

WINDS

In the short term…

…the Storm Shelter Project will have a positive effect on the people of Tanauan through the continued employment of local labourers. The hiring of a local contractor positively benefits the families of employees involved in the project, improving well-being and economic security. Similarly, small local businesses flourish as a higher number of workers in the area help drive economic revenue. Additionally, the community overall gains a sense of empowerment, safety and stability as they observe and actively contribute to the construction of this protective shelter.

In the long term…

… this project will provide safe and long-lasting shelter for residents of Tanauan in the event of future storms and disasters. It will additionally be used to support the academic programming of the Eastern Visayas State University, thereby extending its capacity and supporting local livelihoods by giving more students the opportunity to continue their studies despite the school’s damage. The shelter’s ability to serve as an evacuation and information centre in the event of future disasters will support effective coordination of response efforts, which in turn will reduce suffering and fatalities in the surrounding community.

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Philippines Disaster Preparedness 2016 – Storm Shelter 4: Barangay Bislig

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PROGRAMMING

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WITHSTAND

252 KM/H

WINDS

Multipurpose:

classrooms

daycares

seniors centres

health centres

community meeting spaces

The structures:

withstand Category 5 (winds up to 252 km/h)

flood resistant ~ elevated one meter above ground

506 square meters

accessible to all persons

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SHELTERS

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