2 April, 2015 - Plan preparing to respond to Philippines’ Typhoon Maysak

Plan’s Philippines Emergency Response Director Richard Sandison is available for interview. To arrange an interview please contact Adam Cathro, Media Relations Manager, on 0488 202 945.

As Typhoon Maysak – local name Chedeng – continues heading towards the east coast of the Philippines, Plan International is closely monitoring the situation in preparation for an aid response.

The typhoon is currently around 900 kilometres from the country, and is expected to make landfall over the weekend. Heavy winds and rains are forecast, and authorities have warned of a storm surge of up to four metres on the eastern coast of the Philippines, including in Samar – one of the regions hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan.

Richard Sandison, Emergency Response Director in the Philippines, says: "We are monitoring this typhoon and keeping updated on all developments. Plan is always ready to make a quick assessment and we will respond as necessary.”

“We have extensive experience in responding to disasters in the Philippines, as we saw before, during and after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and then Typhoon Hagupit last year, and our response is focused on child protection.”

“Our first response frequently also consists of providing life-saving needs, including water and sanitation, if needed. Around 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year, and two or three of them can be devastating. We hope that this latest storm will not be in that category but we are prepared if it is.”

Editors notes:
Plan International is one of the Philippines' longest-serving aid and development INGOs, with a special focus on helping marginalised children in 420 communities across the country to access their rights to health, education, livelihoods, disaster risk management and protection.

Plan has also responded to numerous emergencies across the disaster-prone country by providing food, medical supplies, health materials and psychosocial support. Most recently, Plan has responded Typhoon Haiyan, as well as 2012 Typhoon Bopha (Pablo), which killed nearly 1200 people and affected more than six million people, 2011 Typhoon Sendong (Washi) and the ongoing conflict in Mindanao - Basilan and Zamboanga Sibugay (2011), and Maguinadano (2012).

Plan is one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world, founded 75 years ago, working in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas and supported by 21 donor countries. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

Media contact: Adam Cathro, Plan International Australia, Media Relations Manager, 0488 202 945