Typhoon Seniang (Utor): first reports 3 dead 90,000 evacuated
The first reports about the effects of the Typhoon in the central and Western Philippines are tricklinhg into the capitol region which also is affectedby moderate rain. So far some areas have reported damage as light to moderate.
The Philippine National Disaster Courdinating Center has a report online on the effects reported in various areas the storm passed.
Considering that it noramally takes several hours after a storm passes to get damage assesments in areas where power outages often limit communication.
 “… Three dead as typhoon whips over central Philippines
Swissinfo, Switzerland – MANILA – Tens of thousands of people spent the night in makeshift shelters as Typhoon Utor ploughed through the central Philippines on Sunday … ” 
..” (UPDATE) Three dead as ‘Seniang’ hits Visayas
Three persons were killed while 15 were declared as missing after typhoon Seniang (international codename Utor) ravaged the provinces of Samar and Leyte on Saturday, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) reported on Sunday. abs-cbnNEWS.com 12/10/2006 4:47:47 PM …” 
Here is where the SMART link ACES sat-phone system could greatly assist local government units that have the capbility to use and afford the costs of having at least one or more of the small uplink and portable sat phones.
Even atr hieght of the storm I was able to make a couple of calls to peo;ple I know who have small SAT Phones in Coron, Palawan. They tell me the winds are storng but most people have taken precautions and local government has a text link reporitng service to let rescuers know if there is need for help in remote areas of the Calamianes group of islands – the lessons learned from the tragedy of Typhoon Reming (Durian) is that communication and coordination saves lives in times of danger.
There once was a program that offered SMART calling stations or pay phones based on the system that cost around P26,000 (about 500US Dollars) these small SatPhone based calling stations which also serve as pay phones in remote areas like island villages and all things considered provide a lifeline of communication by SMS, Voice and Data in places where the Satphones are. These along with VSAT TVRO dishes of Dream satilite cable provide also news and information and in some cases web capability allow more people acess to information and communcation when land based systems fail.