RUNNING TO SAFETY: ANALYSIS OF DISASTER SUSCEPTIBILITY OF NEIGHBORHOODS AND PROXIMITY OF SAFETY FACILITIES IN SILAY CITY, PHILIPPINES
- 1University of the Philippines Cebu Phil-LiDAR 1, Lahug, Cebu City, 6000, Philippines
- 2Program for Environmental Studies, University of the Philippines Cebu, Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines
Keywords: Hazards, Building Extraction, Flooding, LiDAR, Disaster Management
Abstract. Going on foot is the most viable option when emergency responders fail to show up in disaster zones at the quickest and most reasonable time. In the Philippines, the efficacy of disaster management offices is hampered by factors such as, but not limited to, lack of equipment and personnel, distance, and/or poor road networks and traffic systems. In several instances, emergency response times exceed acceptable norms. This study explores the hazard susceptibility, particularly to fire, flood, and landslides, of neighborhoods vis-à-vis their proximity to safety facilities in Silay City, Philippines. Imbang River exposes communities in the city to flooding while the mountainous terrain makes the city landslide prone. Building extraction was done to get the possible human settlements in the city. The building structures were extracted through image processing using a ruleset-based approach in the process of segmentation and classification of LiDAR derivatives and ortho-photos. Neighborhoods were then identified whether they have low to high susceptibility to disaster risks in terms of floods and landslides based on the hazards maps obtained from the Philippines' Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). Service area analyses were performed to determine the safety facilities available to different neighborhoods at varying running times. Locations which are inaccessible or are difficult to run to because of distance and corresponding hazards were determined. Recommendations are given in the form of infrastructure installation, relocation of facilities, safety equipment and vehicle procurement, and policy changes for specific areas in Silay City.