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27/10/2012: Embassy Tells Filipinos to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy (SECOND UPDATE)

27 October 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy is urging the Filipino Community in the East Coast of the United States to take all necessary precautions and brace themselves for Hurricane Sandy which is expected to make landfall on Monday.

Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia said the Embassy has issued an advisory to members of the Filipino Community in at least 11 states that forecasters said would be affected by what is said to be the largest storm to hit the US Mainland.

Ambassador Cuisia said the Embassy and the Philippine Consulate General in New York have also activated 24-hour help desks to assist Filipino tourists travelling along the East Coast who may be affected by the hurricane.

Ambassador Cuisia said Filipinos who may require assistance may call the Duty Officer of the Embassy in Washington D.C at 202-368-2767 or the Consulate General in New York at 917-294-0196.

“We advise our kababayans staying along the path of Hurricane Sandy to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel until the storm has passed,” Ambassador Cuisia said, adding that a team from the embassy is on standby in case of emergency assistance.

As part of their preparations, Ambassador Cuisia advised the more 310,000 members of Filipino-American communities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut to stock up on food and other emergency provisions and to monitor local media for regular updates.

He said Filipinos in the affected areas should be ready for heavy rains, strong winds, power outages, floods, falling trees and flying debris when the hurricane hits land with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. ###