Monday, July 14, 2014

In the Philippines, we only have two seasons - wet and dry. (eyes rolling). Good thing though, there are more dry months than wet months. We are currently in the wet season and that only means tropical storms and typhoons are going to be part of our daily lives.  

As I write, the country is bracing for Tropical Storm Glenda (International name: "Rammasun"), expected to make landfall Tuesday or Wednesday in the island of Luzon. Forecasts show the 400-km wide storm will cut across central Luzon, including Metro Manila. Wind gusts of up to 95kph and rainfall of 7.5-15 millimeters per hour are just a few of the things we expect. With every storm, there is always a risk of landslides, flooding, and of course, increase in prices of commodities brought about by damage to crops and the farm-to-market roads.

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National Geographic and Prudence Foundation has joined forces to come up with the website Safe Steps, with the slogan - "You Too Can Be A Survivor." The website contains information that people can refer to in preparation for an upcoming storm/typhoon. There are also guidelines for emergency situations in the event of an earthquake, flood or fire. The Philippines sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, making us vulnerable to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other natural disasters. Safe Steps is a great way to disseminate information even before disaster strikes. It is an easy-to-navigate website, which even children can learn a lot from.  

 

We can all do our part to avoid the loss of lives by spreading awareness. A simple task of disseminating infographics like the one shown above can do a lot. Stay Safe. Click here to get involved.

This is NOT a sponsored post. This is an act of kindness to spread awareness and to encourage safety and preparedness in the event of natural calamities.

15 comments:

  1. Storm season always scares me because my mother lives by the coastal area of Donsol and everytime there's typhoon, I can't sleep!

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  2. stay safe! i lived in china once and when a typhoon came the skies became super blue, as all of the pollution and smog was blown away! great info here! XO

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  3. Haayayay. :( Praying for our brothers and sisters, may God protect us.

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  4. Storms are a big fear of mine but luckily I am in the part of the world where they are rare but still... w a storm you never know! Good info

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  5. I feel your pain. Well not the Typhoon part. But I live in Florida and we have hurricanes. You have to be prepared for the type of storm that you might get where you live.

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  6. Excellent infographics.I will most definitely share them.

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  7. I live in Florida so we are always prepared with batteries, water, canned goods, etc in case of a major hurricane. Good info here that others could benefit from!

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  8. The infographics are very helpful! Makes it easy to remember what we need to prepare.

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  9. Thank you for sharing. I think just about everybody I've talked to this year has had some bad storms.

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  10. At my age, you'll gonna ask how prepared I am this rainy season.. gosh, I know to the letters what to do na. First thing, dapat wala kang house, next.. you see to it na wala kang rin kuryente at tubig. Thirdly, be sure na marunong kang mal;igo ng hubad sa ula,. ha, ha,ha.. Kidding aside, dapat lang na talagang prepared tayo pagdating ng bagyo. Learn to be a survivor..

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  11. I tend to be very uneasy during stormy season. There seems to no place that is safe anymore when nature strikes. I pray doubly hard during these times.

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  12. These are very helpful on how to stay safe during the typhoon season. We only worry about the freezing temperature here Sis especially during the winter.

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  13. Thank you for this post! My parents are still in the Philippines and I worry every time there's a storm coming. I'm sharing this in my personal FB page sis. Thanks!

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  14. been raining here in bacolod but were not affected. hope no casualties in affected area. at sana wag matigas ulo ng mga tao especially those living in coastal area.

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  15. Thanks for sharing this info, sis! It's very helpful to all our kababayans when natural calamities, like Glenda, hit our country.

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