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What does the NDRRMC’s color-coded rainfall warning mean?

What does the NDRRMC’s color-coded rainfall warning mean?

Every year the Philippines experiences an average of 20 typhoons. Some are destructive that can result to storm surges, landslides, flood/flash flood/flooding. Now, that monsoon season has landed in the country. NDRRMC’s color-coded warnings are reaching every individual through their phones. Also, these rainfall warnings indicate the status and condition of your place. Whether it has moderate to heavy rains or there is a need to evacuate.

However, being alert and well-informed especially this season is very important. Due to the weather conditions, people might experience brownouts and blackouts in their homes. Being knowledgeable about these warnings can help you prepare for the worst scenarios.

What does the NDRRMC’s color-coded rainfall warning mean?


This warning is raised when rainfall amount reached between 7.5 mm and 15 mm within one hour or if the rain continues. Briefly, this means people should monitor and be aware of the condition of their area and stay tuned for the next update. Also, those who lived in low-lying areas must be alert for a possible occurrence of floods.

WikiMedia | Yellow rainfall warning


Raised when the level of rain reached between 15 mm and 30 mm within one hour. Orange rainfall warning means people should prepare for the possible threat of flooding in low-lying areas and near river channels. As the rain at this level starts to intense, people should be alert for possible evacuation.

WikiMedia | Orange rainfall warning

What does the RED rainfall warning mean?

Red rainfall advisory is raised when it constitutes an emergency. If the observed rainfall reached more than 30 mm within one hour. Hence, if rainfall has continued for the past three hours and is more than 65 mm. The warning signifies expected serious flooding. In short, places that under red warning should expect to evacuate as soon as possible especially in low-lying areas and near river channels.  

WikiMedia | Red rainfall warning

These rainfall warnings can save lives. Be alert to your surroundings and prepare for the worst. Always pack essential things that can help you and your family when floods occur. Listen to radio and television for weather information and keep your home secure.

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