Manila, Jan. 14 -- Senator Richard Gordon, also Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chairman, on Tuesday said the organization is on "full alert" to aid victims of Taal Volcano's eruption.

In a statement, Gordon reported that PRC has deployed five ambulances and Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment team and Welfare desks preparing face masks, hot meals, and rescue vehicles for the evacuees.

"We advise everyone to take precautionary measures to avoid inhalation of ashes. Report to us any untoward incidents or call Red Cross hotline 143 in case of an emergency. Our teams are also assessing the immediate needs of the affected residents," Gordon said.

To date, more than 4,000 families or 14,491 individuals are sheltered in 35 evacuation centers in Cavit...