In areas where Plan International Philippines works, disasters always make a dent in the physical infrastructures - houses, schools, health facilities and water systems, and livelihoods. However communities' resilience and preparedness in responding to disasters has been increasing due to:
- the capacities of girls, boys, and their parents
- the local structures built through the years
- the education, health, child protection, and disaster risk management capacity activities involving children and their communities
In communities where we work, residents safely evacuated before Haiyan hit them. The effective implementation of their contingency plans resulted in fewer casualties compared to other areas. The municipalities in Camotes Island in Cebu and in Llorente, East Samar had zero casualties while several barangays that had undergone risk assessments, contingency planning, and regular community drills proved more cooperative to local government orders to evacuate to safer grounds.
Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (MDRRMCs) and Emergency Response Teams in Plan International Philippines-covered areas were involved in evacuation, search, rescue and retrieval, debris-clearing, and relief operations. Plan International Philippines-trained emergency response teams of Western Samar and Eastern Samar even provided support to neighbouring towns. Trained children leaders and community volunteers have been effective communicators of disaster risks in the communities.