MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Feb. 8 (PIA) -- Over 600 students from the Southern Leyte State University (SLSU) in the municipality of Sogod, this province, were taught on the importance of being prepared and the basics of disaster preparedness, Nora Navarro from Smart Communications who initiated the said activity reported.

  The third leg of the "TNT Tropang Ready" Disaster Preparedness Caravan held recently at the SLSU campus was facilitated by disaster preparedness experts from the government agencies and other partner institutions, Navarro reported. “Practical tips on preparing for disasters, as well as what to do in case there will be calamities were taught to the students,” she said. Accordingly, the topography of Southern Leyte “makes it vulnerable during disasters.” In fact, the province is one of the most prone to landslide and flooding. Resource speakers during the activity include Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) Head Danilo Atienza, Attorney Jane Paredes, Smart Public Affairs head for Visayas-Mindanao, Noel de Guia of Get Ready Pinas, Louie Domingo of the Emergency Management Center, Rio Marasigan of the Department of Science and Technology’s Project Noah, Nova Concepcion, Smart community partnerships manager, among others.   The attendees were also treated to interactive booths, games and other activities that put emphasis on disaster risk reduction management and practices, such as making a paracord bracelet, which makes use of a sturdy rope and contains a whistle that can come in handy during emergencies.   Smart Communications through its value brand, TNT, is bringing its “Tropang Ready” country-wide disaster preparedness caravan to schools to promote the culture of preparedness among the youth. This is the latest enhancement of Smart’s disaster preparedness caravan launched in 2013 to help communities, families and individuals in high-risk areas prepare for emergencies and disasters through engaging workshops and activities. (rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)