Thursday, October 1, 2009

Typhoon Survival 101


Put together a supply kit or your very own typhoon survival kit including:

Clear drinking WATER. Good enough for a week. Consider having at least 1 gallon per person. Consider: juices in packs, carbonated drinks, coffee.

FOOD Also good enough for a week. Consider:
  • Snacks that are ready0to-eat, easy to store and carry (biscuits, cookies)
  • Non-perishable canned food (corned beef, tuna, pork and beans, vienna sausage, etc.)
  • Candies to maintain sugar in body and keep acidity at bay
  • Bread that will last for a few days, for carbo load
  • Instant noodles, if you have the means to cook
  • IMPORTANT: food for babies and the elderly if you have some staying with you
food utensils (spoons,can opener,etc.)
first aid and medicines
sleeping bags or bedding
personal items you must have for health and safety
include toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap.
blankets, towels, comforters, pillows.
You can put them in large garbage bags to keep from getting wet.
extra clothes and underwear.
Put them in plastic bags to avoid from getting wet. If you can, pack something that will last you for a few days.
Jackets, sweaters, socks, caps,
rain gear and warm clothing and anything else that will keep you warm and dry.
Emergency lights and flashlights

Fresh batteries,
battery-powered flashlights and radio. Have reserves for batteries of different sizes, especially for radios and flashlights. Avoid candles.
Mobile phone.
Make sure the battery is fully charge, and that you have a spare one, too, in case of emergency. Also consider walkie-talkies.
Banks and ATMs might not be available so make sure that you have cash with you.
. Have copies of keys to the front door, back door, garage, car keys, etc.
Items for pets.
Consider also having a leash, muzzle, cage and food for your pets.
Umbrellas and tents

Water pails and dippers

Floatation devices
like life jackets, styrofoams, old tires, etc.


Many people have died trying to go back for these things, so it’s important that you are well-prepared already at this point in time. Keep these documents in a water-proof container:

  1. Birth certificates
  2. Insurance records
  3. Medical records
  4. SSS, Pag-ibig and Philhealth records
  5. Identification cards
  6. Bank account numbers and records
  7. Emergency contact numbers
  8. Contact numbers of family, friends and loved ones

It is important that you have an ID with you wherever you go. Also, a list of people to contact in case something happens to you. If you can, put your emergency contacts on speed dial.

SAFETY during a typhoon

Stay indoors and keep calm. Secure your home. Keep roads clear for emergency vehicles. If your house is in a flood-prone area, go to the nearest designated evacuation center. Have a flashlight and radio handy, with fresh batteries, a first aid kit as well.

Do not use gas or elctrical appliances that have been flooded. If you do stay home, turn off and unplug electric appliances and equipment to avoid possible electrical shorts and fires. Make sure you have adequate protective rain gear to keep warm and dry in case you need to flee. If you are indoors during the storm, stay there. Going outside may expose u to fallen power lines, flying debris that is extremely dangerous.

In case of flooding, turn off the main sources of electricity, gas and water in your home. Unplug all equipment and appliances. Make sure that the main electrical power switch or circuit breaker is turned off. When you need to touch a switch and the floor is still wet, stand on dry board or carton or wear rubber sole boots.

Avoid low-lying areas, riverbanks, creeks and coastal areas, slopes, cliffs and foothills. Rains can trigger landslides, rockslides or mudslides.Avoid wading through flooded areas. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Do not operate any electrical equipment during a flood.

For people whose houses have been submerged:

1. Make sure you use CHLOROX or ZONROX for dirt and not just Lysol to kill molds. Then 2. Spray/Fumigate against mosquitoes, otherwise there will be an outbreak of dengue & cholera may follow.

Allow electrical wires, connectors and other wiring devices to dry completely. Drying may take days, depending on how wet the system is and on external temperature. When all electrical wires and accessories are dry and clean, the wiring system must be checked. The appliance itself must be completely dry, serviced or checked by a licensed electrician. Do not turn on damaged electrical appliances.

A new typhoon called Pepeng might become a super typhoon by the time it reaches Northern Luzon and has already left about 139 people stranded in ports and transportation terminals in Legazpi City.

The Bicol region has been put under Storm Signal No. 1 by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), but forecaster Mario Palafox warns that as it moves toward Northern Luzon, Pepeng could become a super typhoon with its strong winds, saying in Filipino, “Its winds are now 150 kph, near 180 kph, which is the minimum wind speed for it to be considered a super typhoon.”

It is estimated that Pepeng, which has winds that are twice as strong as Ondoy, will reach Manila by Saturday.

Prepare. Inform. Connect. Help. Remain calm. Pray. We can get through this storm.

If you have more suggestions, please leave them in the comments section.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


After Ondoy, there is still a lot of Filipinos who are devastated, frustrated and incredibly depressed because they lost everything. But when you see them, you still see them smiling albeit the ugly truth and reality that they already have nothing.

In this hour of darkness and in the worst situation, Filipinos continue to show the world the true essence of being a Filipino. Pinoy can smile through all those troubles however daunting they may be. Filipinos always find humor even in the worst circumstances and we always turn every sad situation into something positive. Ganyan ang PINOY! Sa gitna ng TRAHEDYA, may NGITI pa rin tayo! BUO ANG LOOB at PUNO NG PAGASA!

here's some interview of Julius Babao with some survivors,

JB: "Paano niyo naggawang ngumiti at tumawa?"
Survivor : "wala nman mangyayari kung malulungkot kami . Lahat naman po may katapusan."

I strongly agree.

" Di bale na po mawala lahat ng ari-arian, basta kumpleto ang pamilya, ayos lang po," survivor from Montalban Rizal.

Again, I strongly agree. One thing that is quite admirable with Filipinos is that, in the face of tragedy, we never turn our backs on our family. Family comes first. Period.

I thought I was one of those unfortunate ones but realized that you will never know how lucky you are until you see their situation and hear their stories...there is no rich and poor and these people lost almost everything.. some won't even have a place to come home to anymore and some of them even lost lives. But still, I'm proud to say that Filipinos are great people who not only help each other and find strength amidst every storm but can smile through our troubles however daunting they may be.

Caught on TV - Man rescued in a rubberboat asked, "28 na ba ngayon?" Cameraman: "Opo, 28." Man somberly replied, "Bday ko na pala." Rescuers who were paddling hard turned to him in surprise before slowly singing, ..."happy birthday to you..." Even in the midst of devastation the Filipino spirit never ceases to acknowledge and celebrate the gift of life.

I think that's what gives us hope, we value each other's lives and that we're still able to smile and laugh through tough times...tough times that makes us tougher and a wee bit stronger than we think. That makes us a who's losing now? :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Another TYPHOON in 3 DAYS! (from Julius & Christine Babao) please reblog & please be informed (reblogged from pinoytumblr)

The RAINFALL we experienced in 6 hrs was equivalent to 30 days of rainfall. This broke the record rainfall dated 1967 .

Thousands of people homeless. Helpless, Desperate, Angry, In denial. Shocked.

People could not be saved all at the same time for lack of govt resources , manpower and sheer danger in the rescue efforts. Hence, the delay in the rescue.

This is nature’s wrath and man’s folly put together.

Now dat Peping is 3 days away & we dont know and cant tell for sure just how strong it will be this time, if u live in low lying areas or know pipol who do, some tips for disaster & calamity preparedness for the whole family :

1) LGUs & homeowners associations must quickly invest in rubber/motor boats- for quick response & immediate evacuation of residents in subdivisions. Unless we can all afford AGAIN to wait for help.

2) If possible, have presence of mind: DO NOT panic. EACH able membr of d family mst have his/her own bag with the essentials: H20. food. Clothes.blanket, raincoat, medicines, first –aid kit, flashlight, a whistle, milk, diaper etc. according to one’s most urgent needs. The backpack must contain emergency goods, good for at least 48hrs. MAKE SURE BAGS ARE WATERPROOF or - items wrapped in thick plastic bags for added protection.

3) Bring fully charged phones and extra batteries if possible- you need these when you have to climb on top of your roof again.

4) Bring a small radio with extra batteries to be informed. Bring a list of all important telephone numbers to call in times of emergency or store these numbers in ur celphone.

5) Wag magpakasiguro – use your instinct – lumikas na agad kaysa maiipit at matrap ulit.

Because – ONDOY will happen again … and u will never know when help & rescue will come. Self preservation is a must !

Pls feel free to add to this list of must haves and must -dos for typhoon preparedness.

Pls spread the word.

May God help and protect us all and our loved ones from the next typhoon.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Typhoon ONDOY: what a disaster!

Typhoon Ondoy batters Manila.

Death toll hits 50. (as of 09-27-09)
UPDATE: as of 09-28-09 climbed up to 106 dead and missing

It was a major flood because places (like ours in Makati) that are not flood-prone experienced massive flooding and had our share of flood water that was neck-deep yesterday. Now, it's knee-deep outside and we obviously can't still go out.

flood outside our house as of 2:00 pm

Location: Brgy. Olympia Makati near Shopwise pasong tamo and PRC

poor Vios submerged in water and this guy trying to rob something inside tsk tsk

Location: just in front of our house in Makati

flood outside our house as of 9:00 pm

floodwater had risen above chest level

waist-deep floodwater inside our house and it's our first time to experience this .. argh!!

and this has got to be the
wake me up when September ends...

majority of the streets in makati and nearby areas are currently flooded... and that includes this underpass in Ayala


Thousands of people were stranded

Over 1,800 people were forced to flee their homes and take refuge in evacuation centers due to rising waters.

Heavy rains brought by tropical storm "Ondoy"
results to major flood

-->cars fully submerged, ravaged and probably need major repairs when things subside

Location: Buendia, Cash & Carry

Cristine Reyes and other stars like Jennica Garcia, Carmina Villaruel, Gladys Reyes, Camille Pratts,etc.. not spared by Ondoy.

Even some celebrities felt the wrath of tropical storm 'Ondoy' as rising flood waters entered and ravaged their plush homes. Cristine was stranded along with her mother and younger brother on top of their two-storey home in Provident Village in Marikina City for almost nine hours..

She was rescued by her sister's bf using his jetski.

even posh and high-end places like The Fort... not spared

It is indeed overwhelming and this has been called an epic flood.. tragic and this has been the worst so far.

Ondoy brought havoc...

Marikina submerged, literally.

Pagasa said that a month's worth of rain fell in six hours.... thousands of people needed to be rescued and trapped in their houses, these people were waiting to be rescued on their rooftops...

-->car submerged in water

Location, Araneta Avenue, QC

massive flooding all over Quezon City

Location: Katipunan

-->big waves of floodwaters at katipunan, flooded streets due to heavy downpour

Typhoon Ondoy, has been the worst Metro Manila has ever seen since 1968.

Ortigas Extension, Pasig


Insurance companies must be fuming mad and they should seriously have to deal with this weather and I mean whether they like it or not..

Ayala underpass=underwater

-->some bunch of losers.. ugh!!

shame on you! you should get your lazy a** helping out other people instead of sitting there and getting drunk..

My thoughts and prayers are with all the Filipinos suffering of this massive climate catastrophe and all victims of Typhoon Ondoy. All I could do is to say a prayer that they will all be safe and well. Please give time for prayers and special thoughts for the victims of flood wrought by Typhoon Ondoy.