When news of the incoming Typhoon Hagupit hit the airwaves, Florentina and her neighbours understood the importance of information, this time they made sure to prepare for the coming storm.
“I was actually listening to the radio and one of the announcements I heard were the messages from IOM aired through the DYVR radio station regarding how to prepare for the coming storm. We went to an evacuation center before the storm reached our province.”
“And when Typhoon Hagupit finally hit, I wasn’t even scared at all! Our biggest worry was which food to cook for each meal,” she laughs.
Coming home, in the aftermath of the Typhoon Hagupit, Florentina was ecstatic to see that her house was not damaged.
“We were really happy to learn that we could go back to our houses”, she said.
Their largest task is no longer having to rebuild their homes but clearing out the leaves and broken branches left by Hagupit.
Her home in Barangay Ilaya-Ivisan, Capiz, is one of the 1,500 plus transitional shelters built by IOM across the regions of Leyte, Eastern Samar and Samar. The 8 key Disaster Risk Reduction techniques were incorporated in the shelter design of her new house. In addition to providing of these shelters, trainings were conducted on building back safer construction and re-enforcing the house for storms.
Looking out from her window, Florentina says “After experiencing Hagupit, we learnt safe shelter construction and heeding to calls to evacuate save lives.”
Intact. One of Florentina's neighbours also boasts of having an intact home in the aftermath of Hagupit. © IOM 2014