Hard to believe that 13 months, almost to the day, we are directly in the line of site of yet another category 5 Super Typhoon.
Nazarene Disaster Response teams are mobilizing across the central Philippines. We have met this afternoon with the Philippine / Micronesia Field Strategy Coordinator, Stephen Gualberto, to review our planning for communications / logistics strategy in the event that this turns into a devastating event like Super Typhoon Yolanda.
There are currently three tracks that the computer models are depicting. One track (20% chance) has the storm moving due north, skirting the eastern shores and then moving towards Japan.
The 75% or higher probability, is a direct hit to the central Philippines, with the eye passing directly over Manila on Tuesday night.
As you can imagine, given our roles as Communications / Partnerships / and Work Teams Coordinators for the Region, our office is a buzz of activity. This will be a very hectic 5 days and beyond if this storm doesn’t either alter course or dissipate. We remember all too well last year’s days, weeks, and months following Yolanda.
Please keep our Pacific Islanders in your prayers as areas that were so absolutely devastated by Yolanda are again in the line of site. People are evacuating low lying areas now in the Central Philippines.
You can visit our regional website: http://www.asiapacificnazarene.org/typhoonhagupit which is serving as the Region’s central communications anchor point for the duration of this event. We released this global call-to-prayer about 1 hour ago: