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It’s been raining all night and all morning.  Good thing our area never gets flooded.  I’ve been watching the news and a lot of places have been submerged past the point of human height (it’s amusing how newcasters describe the flood levels- lampas tuhod, lampas baywang, lampas tao).  This situation is so similar to Ondoy except that there’s no storm yet.  It’s just monsoon rains.  

They’ve started evacuations in different parts of the city.  One caller, stranded in the second floor of her dormitory with 19 other people, described how the water completely filled the first floor, how they had no food, and how they couldn’t even use the bathroom because the water supply to their building stopped.

It’s times like this when a little paranoia is helpful.  It’s important to always be prepared, especially if you live in the Philippines.  Any indication of prolonged stormy weather should prompt you to stock up on food (that needs no cooking), drinking water, batteries and flashlights, first aid kits, medications (prepare a supply for at least a week if you take any for maintenance), and other items to help you survive.  Actually, you should always have these things stored in your home at all times in case of emergency.

It may be a little too late for this, but because it’s raining so hard and I have nothing else to do, I made a list.

  1. Food (preferably canned or preserved and can be eaten without cooking, like MREs if you have access to them)
  2. Water supply (take into consideration the amount a person needs for a week, and multiply that by the number of people in your household)
  3. First aid kit (it should contain the basics such as different types of gauze and bandages both sterile and non-sterile, adhesive and elastic, cotton balls, cotton swabs, disinfectants like alcohol, povidone-iodine and hydrogen peroxide, waterproof tape, ice and hot packs, gloves, BP apparatus, thermometer, bandage scissors, and liquid handsoap)
  4. Medications (as mentioned before, if you or a family member is taking anything for maintenance, you need to stock at least a week’s supply of those medications). Typical stock of medications should include:  

    a. For fever – Biogesic, Tylenol, or anything with paracetamol

    b. For pain – Ibruprofen, Mefenamic Acid, Aspirin

    c. Stomach medications – antacids such as Kremil-S, Simeco, Maalox, TUMS, and stronger ones such as ranitidine, omeprazole, esomeprazole for when the antacids don’t work

    d. Fluid replacement medications in case of dehydration or diarrhea (like Hydrite, ORS solution, Pedialyte, or a plain salt and water solution)

    e. Sugar solutions for those with diabetes

    f. Anti-allergies and antihistamines like Allergan, Allerta, cetirizine

    g. Asthma medications and inhalers – very important to have ample stock if a family member has asthma

    h. Decongestants and lozenges

    i. Antibacterial creams and ointments for bites and wounds

  5. Candles, a lighter, and matches packed in plastic to prevent moisture and getting wet
  6. Flashlights and extra batteries
  7. Clean blankets and towels
  8. Raincoats and especially boots (NOTE: do not use rain overalls that have boots attached, these have a tendency to fill with water; it can make you heavy and drag you to the bottom if you decide to brave the flood)
  9. A radio that’s battery-powered with extra batteries so you can listen for news in case the power is cut
  10. Waterproof fabric/material that can be used to cover windows in case they break or for some reason cannot be closed
  11. Can opener (it’s happened many times- people stranded on the second floor of their homes couldn’t open the food that they had or rations given to them because they left it in their kitchen which was by then flooded up to the ceiling and no longer accessible. Keep one together with your food supply).
  12. A whole lot of rags and mops
  13. Extra umbrellas
  14. A knife or large scissors is useful for many things, like cutting cloth or fallen branches.  Do not use for killing others.
  15. Large roll of paper, paint, or a really thick marker for making “help” signs for helicopters to see when the flood traps you on the roof of your house
  16. An inflatable boat if you can afford it

And a few other tips:

Keep a list of emergency numbers (Red Cross, Lifeline, NDCC) beside your phone or any place accessible and make sure all household members know where it is.  Here’s a useful list by the Philippine Red Cross.

Make sure that you fully charge your mobile phone and other communication devices.  They could be the only way you could ask for help if the power and phone lines are cut.

That’s all I can share for now.  I claim facebook, my parents, and The Zombie Survival guide as sources.  Stay safe!

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tinkertrex:

shredsofclarity:

This.  Zot in the rain.

SO MUCH

Somedays, I feel as if I’m the only person who’s ever read Zot. ;w;

I know exactly how you feel! Where I live, I don’t have anyone to fangirl over the comic with. Zot deserves more fans.  A whole lot more 🙂

Tomorrow is the feast of St. John the Baptist, otherwise known as Basaan Day in the little town of San Juan (which I call Erap Country).  Anyone who lives in San Juan knows what this means. 

Tomorrow we will go out into the streets and wet everyone with water, an action that traditionally symbolizes the act of baptism.  As solemn as that may sound, it’s going to be a water war out there, and no one will be shown any mercy.  That’s right, no one is safe.  We have our squirt guns, water bazookas, buckets, and pressurized hoses.  To anyone who will be in San Juan tomorrow, surrender and join in on the fun.  If we don’t get you, the rain surely will.  Don’t resist, and don’t bring raincoats.

At this very moment, our local government is sounding out war calls with drums.  Okay, actually it’s the town’s marching parade.  They’re going around the neighborhood in the rain, and I love them for it.  Nothing’s stopping them from practicing and celebrating this early on, not even the rain.  And it’s not just a drizzle, this rain is a bit on the heavy side and hasn’t stopped since this morning.  I hope they don’t get sick out there.

By the way, mom is preparing food for the handaan tomorrow, which I will be around for this year since it’s my rest day.  Such joy!  Advanced happy basaan day, everyone!

Ever had one of those days when everything goes wrong and it’s one disaster after another?  You end up going home feeling dejected but relieved that the day is almost over.  Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it rains harder when you get out to the street.  Then a car passes by and wets you with a big splash from a puddle, like a scene out of one of those cartoon shows that use the misfortunes of the main character as punchlines.

Finally you end up in front of your house with soggy shoes and socks, and your knees are cold from getting your pants wet with rainwater.  You realize you didn’t bring your keys with you.  you can’t use your phone to call home because it’s also wet.  You’re stuck in the rain until someone hears you banging on the gate.

When you think about it, it’s actually kind of funny.

This.  Zot in the rain.

addictedcoffeelover:

I love hearing the rain patter on my window. There’s no cozier sound.

I wanted it to rain today, hence the reason I’ve been listening to a recording of the sound of rain for the past hour.  Now look, look, look, it’s raining! Pouring! Outside my window. Hi, hello, ‘sup rain! There you are, I’ve been waiting for you. I knew there was a storm coming. I welcome you with open arms. 

I hope it doesn’t stop raining until I fall asleep. I hope it’s still raining when I wake up later. ❤

fat feet

a quick sketch on the DS wherein I make my feet look edematous

It’s 7:30AM and raining hard.  Last night I was wishing the weather would be a bit cold today, and I love rain, but I am regretting that now because the rain doesn’t seem like it will stop soon.  As much as I want to stay home sitting barefoot in front of my laptop,  I’m getting impatient waiting.  I have to go to PUP to help my friend Ela work on a stage design for a forum named I am Ninoy (which I’m guessing is dedicated to our country’s hero, Ninoy Aquino).  I haven’t seen the concept yet but I’m excited to see the results later.  Also, we get to attend the forum for free.  Going with full rain gear.