The coastal barangays of Sabang, Dolo, Manzana, Telegrafo and Tagas, including the isolated coastal barangay of Adiangao, were considered as high-risk areas where possible storm surge is highly probable as Typhoon Ruby (International name: Hagupit) was about to landfall at Dolores, Eastern Samar at around 8:00PM on Saturday, December 6, 2014 with maximum sustained wind of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph and forecasted to move West at 16 kph heading towards Romblon, Romblon. It will be associated with strong winds, storm surge of about 4.5 meters and heavy-intense rainfall.
Immediately after receipt of the information coming from friends and reliable sources from both TV and radio broadcasters as well as the latest NDRRMC Bulletin No. 11 issued at 5:00PM of December 6, 2014, Mayor Antonio B. Chavez urgently issued the marching order to the members of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) and some volunteer rescue teams to effect forced evacuation of people from the mentioned barangays and if the head of the families refuse to leave their homes, prioritized the mothers and children to get evacuated from these high-risk places, he firmly said.
As the order was carried out by the separate teams of rescuers, a total of more than 1,500 was reported to have been gathered in the different refuge centers in San Jose. Meantime, Mayor Chavez and municipal councilors Domingo A. Tam, Hassan Durante, Raymund Pacamarra and Julian Bausa personally distributed the food reliefs to these separate evacuation centers.
According to field reports, a lot of stubborn residents preferred to stay and willing to take their chances to survive if a storm surge would likely hit their place. They would just have to send off their wives and children to a safer place and stay rather to keep safe their livestocks and other properties. But they promised to the rescuers that when things come to worst, they would just have to save their own lives; while others believed that the most-feared storm surge or the typhoon will not hit hard their areas.