Quezon City is preparing for the possible onslaught of Typhoon “Rolly” by forming a search and rescue team in strategic areas following warnings that the weather disturbance could become a very strong typhoon.

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The local government on Friday (Oct 30) said the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) formed Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams that will be deployed in critical areas, particularly in barangays traversing G. Araneta Ave., an area prone to flooding.

The barangays are: Apolonio Samson, Tatalon, Sto. Domingo and Del Monte.

“With Typhoon ‘Rolly’ expected to carry winds between 165 kph to 185 kph, we deemed it best to put our rescue teams on ready and on standby in flood- and disaster-prone areas,” DRRMC head Myke Marasigan said.

Meanwhile, the city’s Social Services Development Department (SSDD) will also deploy social workers and preposition soup kitchens and relief goods in various evacuation centers for the possible influx of evacuees from flood-prone areas.

The local government has already tapped the assistance of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) and City General Services Department (GSD) in transporting possible evacuees due to floods.

To ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians, the Parks Development and Administration Department (PDAD) has been directed to cut off trees along major thoroughfares to avoid accidents and hitting power lines should they fall off.

Billboards and tarpaulin signs in buildings have been rolled up while construction companies have been asked to secure their heavy equipment, like tower cranes, in their respective construction sites.

Mayor Joy Belmonte advised her constituents to call the city’s Hotline 122 for emergency concerns, while barangay officials were reminded to observe health protocols in evacuation sites.

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