Tacloban braces for Typhoon Ruby. Storm clouds gather over the horizon in Tacloban City on Friday, December 5, as Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) nears Eastern Visayas. At least 34 areas are under storm signals early Friday, as Ruby intensified further and continued to move toward Eastern Visayas. Arlan Rsequito
The Department of Health will be under Code Red alert at DOH-retained hospitals in regions expected to be hit by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) starting Saturday.
Code Red means that all hospital staff are required to report for duty to provide the medical needs of the residents in affected areas right away.
Medical supplies such as medicines, food for the medical teams, and 5,000 cadaver bags are now ready for distribution even before Ruby makes landfall over Eastern-Northern Samar area, DOH said.
DOH has already set up a ‘buddy system’ where DOH regional offices are paired up with DOH-retained hospitals that won’t be affected by the typhoon to help other hospitals in areas Ruby will hit.