The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Hot Meals on Wheels distributed hot meals to 180 people displaced by the eruption of Mt. Bulusan in Juban, Sorsogon yesterday, June 5, 2022.
PRC Chairman and CEO, Senator Richard J. Gordon, immediately mobilized PRC staff and volunteers, providing equipment and supplies as soon as he heard news of the volcanic eruption. The PRC used a food truck from its Albay chapter as part of its response to the Bulusan volcano eruption. “The Philippine Red Cross is lagging behind in the emergency response,” PRC Chairman Gordon said.
The PRC welfare team also set up a welfare desk that provided psychosocial first aid (PFA) to 301 people who had fled the volcanic eruption. The security service team deployed an ambulance unit from the PRC’s Sorsogon chapter with a team of trained emergency medical services who installed a first aid station and are on standby to treat and transport patients. The Safety Services Team attended to 30 patients who had their blood pressure measured and treated two patients with minor injuries. A total of 54 Red Cross 143 volunteers were mobilized.
As of 5:00 a.m. on June 6, Mt. Bulusan is on Alert Level 1 according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS). Entering the 4-kilometer radius permanent danger zone (PDZ) and entering the extended danger zone (EDZ) without vigilance are not permitted. Flying planes near the volcano is also not allowed. The PHIVOLCS warned in their Twitter account of sudden current-driven or phreatic eruptions.