Last April 2013 during the 24th National Prayer Gathering in Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City, Philippines – one of the speakers has prophesied that there will be a mighty typhoon to rise up against Philippine islands and there will be great disaster through floods. On November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has devastated the islands of Samar, Leyte, Cebu and other neighboring islands. Yolanda has become the world talk that swept out those places and killed thousands of people.
Floods and typhoons are twin killers and destructive agents which we are confronted with seasonally. In 2013, these two disasters claimed the lives of tens of thousands Filipino people and destroyed public and private property worth of billions, according to the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC).
What to do when these twin killers visit?
While it is impossible to avoid these two disasters: their tragic consequences, however, can be greatly minimized. The Red Cross said you need only to follow a few course of action or guidelines designed to save lives, perhaps your own and reduce property damage to a minimum. Below is a checklist of guidelines from Philippine Red Cross:
Have trust in weather forecasts. When a storm is approaching the country, the weather bureau will issue periodic reports. The reports will contain information on the force, speed and direction of the storm and the estimated time it will hit a given area.
It is, therefore, advisable to keep tuned to the radio, television, or read the newspaper for the weather reports. Never give credence to rumors. Heed storm warnings. Listening to weather forecasts is not enough. It is important, too, that each individual heed storm warnings. All device issued by the weather bureau, or local leaders and agencies, should be followed.
Learn to prepare your family for the storm. Family preparedness may ensure maximum safety to all members. Before the storm hits your locality, start making your own checklist of what to do and assign each member his respective responsibilities. Board up windows and prop the house with strong timber and the like if you think it cannot withstand strong winds.
Prepare supplies that you may need. A checklist of supplies that the family may need during the emergency period includes the following: medicine, food, flashlights, candles, matches and enough water. Complete also all your cooking needs such as oil, firewood and kerosene. These supplies are particularly needed more by residents in the provinces during the emergency period.
Learn where to evacuate. People residing in low-lying areas prone to flooding and along beaches where huge waves are likely to occur should know beforehand the places where they can safely evacuate. Places annually subjected to flooding may have pre-designated evacuation centers all ready.
Prepare beforehand the supplies that you may need in the centers. Know how to distinguish danger objects or signs. Hazards common during storms or floods are the following: dangling electric live wires, open manholes, flying debris, falling trees or electric posts and cracked window panes. These are the common causes of injuries, if not deaths, during these disasters.
In addition - do not forget to pray to God. He is the most merciful and most wise God. Our faith can save us and our valuable properties. Prayers of faith make people active and more stronger one. Also use your mobile phones to contact friends, relatives and other people you know in your community. If you were connected to Internet and it is still working - use it and other social media networks - report or share what you see and are experiencing during the attack of twin killers on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other available social media you were connected. This way can attract people to get help.
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