Thursday, October 1, 2009

Safety Planning Could Have Spared Typhoon Ondoy's Victims

Our country, the Philippines, was recently hit by a typhoon Ondoy and the entire nation is devastated by the havoc it created. We were quite worried since my younger sibling and her partner are trapped in their condominium while the rest of Metro Manila and some affected portions in Luzon were man-height flooded causing vehicles and other properties to be swept off. Houses were indeed vacated while people had stayed on their house roofs to remain safe. And, now while the country is relieving the victims through temporary housing and other basic needs, another super typhoon is within our country's area of responsibility. Some had died while others were severely injured with mounts of properties damaged.

Can we blame nature? Partly, but most of the fault would be on mankind for not planning well for safety including natural disaster. So, I could only agree of the article I read on Personal Safety and Self Defense. We must anticipate what could possibly go wrong and how we can reduce the effects just in case it hit us. Safety aids and reserved food and stocks and medicines should always be ready.

Natural disaster is unpredictable but we can always be ready. If mankind had only disposed their garbages well, did not irresponsibly cut trees or plan only the drainage system well, the damages of the typhoon could have been avoided.

So, it is nice to know articles that could somehow help us on safety.