National Fire Agency, Ministry of The Interior R.O.C. Attachment

Precautions Urged After Typhoon Sea Warning
Publication Date:10/03/2009
Commander of the Central Emergency Operations Center Jiang Yi-huah
said that after the Central Weather Bureau issued a sea warning for
Typhoon Parma at 5:30 a.m. Oct. 3, the center set its disaster prevention
and relief work at alert level 2 beginning at 8:30 a.m. With Parma
expected to affect Taiwan for an estimated four to six days, the CEOC
urges residents to take all necessary precautions against potential damage
and to refrain from visiting coastal areas to watch the waves or engage in
water activities. Mountainous areas should also be avoided and those
already in the mountains are advised to leave as soon as possible or be
prepared to take shelter on location.
According to the CWB, Typhoon Parma is advancing in a northwesterly
direction and turning north-northwest. Because of its slow progress, it is
expected to still be in the Bashi Channel on October 8, with its center
about 500 kilometers from Hengchun in southern Taiwan. Ships sailing in
the Bashi Channel and the East and South China seas should take strict
precautions. From 400 to 1,000 millimeters of rain has been forecast, with
possibly up to 1,400 millimeters in northern mountain regions. Given that
the amount of rainfall will be influenced by the typhoon’s path, speed and
distance from Taiwan, residents should be fully prepared.
The National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction said
the effects of Typhoon Parma will coincide with the spring tide on the
15th day of the lunar month, so coastal low-lying areas should be on the
alert against seawater encroachment. The center indicated that
mountainous areas in the north would experience torrential rains, so
residents should watch out for mudslides and road collapse, and prepare
water, food and other necessities. In addition, as Typhoon Morakot
disaster areas are still fragile, people in these areas should take
precautions against further damage. Preventive evacuation is
recommended for some areas. The monitoring of barrier lakes should be
stepped up, and residents of downstream areas should be evacuated to
safer locations.
The Ministry of National Defense said the military has cancelled all
leaves, and deployed personnel and machinery in response to the storm
warning. In order to maintain communications with potential disaster
areas, special forces units have moved into mountainous areas for disaster
prevention and emergency rescue. Moreover, the army has prepared
military barracks capable of accommodating more than 41,000 evacuees
in the northern, central and southern regions of Taiwan.
(Source: Central Emergency Operations Center)