Red cross gives ‘undas’ wellbeing tips, fields 1,600 staff, volunteers
AT least 1,686 staff and volunteers of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) are all set to provide safety and welfare assistance as Filipinos troop to the provinces and cemeteries during the observance of All Saints’ Day or Undas.
As of October 29, the PRC is on track to set up 192 first-aid stations in more than 188 cemeteries and memorial parks, as well as major highways nationwide, including the North Luzon Expressway (Nlex), South Luzon Expressway (Slex) and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expres-way (TPLEx).
PRC Chairman Sen. Richard J. Gordon said the organization will deploy more volunteers and ambulances during the busy weekend.
“Our volunteers and thousands of life-saving equipment are devoted to keep Filipinos safe as they pay respect to their departed loved ones. We are also urging the public to remain vigilant and be alert to prevent accidents, such as road crashes and fire incidents,” Gordon said.
Staff and volunteers will also be on the ground to ensure safety in bus terminals, sea and airports.
Aside from the first aid stations, PRC’s 149 ambulances are mobilized and on standby, while 41 roving medical units are ready to assist patients who will be needing medical assistance. Moreover, PRC has set up 126 welfare desks where the public can report
In last year’s Oplan Kaluluwa, PRC catered to the needs of 5,993 individuals, including 223 patients who sustained major and minor injuries, such as abrasions, lacerations, dizziness, loss of consciousness, seizure and hypertension.
PRC reminded the public to ensure their families’ safety by securing their houses and following safety tips on the road and in the cemetery.
Thousands of motorists who will be traveling during the holiday season were urged to remember the following PRC road-safety tips to prevent road accidents:
1. Utilize a safety belt.
2. Wear a protective cap on a cruiser.
3. Drive at a sheltered speed and separation appropriate for the conditions.
4. Try not to drive affected by liquor or medications.
6. Know and regard the parkway code.
8. Be noticeable as a person on foot or a cyclist.
9. Know how to respond in the event of an accident.
10. Keep in mind “BLOW BAGETS” (breaks, lights, oil, water, batteries, air, gas, motor, tires, self).
Fire episodes, a typical untoward occasion when families leave their homes to visit their left relatives,
maintained a strategic distance from by unplugging electrical hardware, dousing lit candles, checking water spigots, and killing electric and gas stove.
Families should likewise ensure that secondary passages and windows are bolted.
The PRC additionally exhorted people in general to wear light-hued attire, bring water, abstain from devouring
mixed beverages and abstain from bringing superfluous sharp questions. Guardians with little youngsters were,
moreover, exhorted not to bring them to swarmed places. Guardians should likewise give distinguishing proof cards to their kids.
“While PRC’s volunteers and life-sparing resources will be assembled to guarantee arrange, we are encouraging general society to convey their heap by anchoring their selves and their families,” Gordon said. “For any untoward occurrence, you may answer to our hot line 143 or approach our volunteers on obligation.”