“Be Prepared” for national motto
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
The motto “Be Prepared” is generally associated with the Boy Scouts but it actually should be the slogan of the entire country.
This is because our country continues to be plagued by various kinds of disasters that have caused loss of lives and properties, as well exposed our people to diseases.
We do not need scientists and researchers to tell us that the Philippines has been hit by so many calamities in the past few years. Our people have suffered from floods, typhoons, earthquakes, landslides, and other devastating punishments from Nature.
Actual research undertaken by the group called the Philippine Institute for Development Studies has confirmed that, out of the Southeast Asian countries, our is the most prone to disasters.
To underscore this, the study group disclosed that we have gone through a total of 228 weather and climate-related natural disasters in the past 20 years. That means, we went through almost 20 typhoons, earthquakes, floods, landslides, and even tornadoes every year since 1992!
It can never be gainsaid, therefore, that we need to acquire skills and the proper attitude for preparedness, even during the times when things appear to be calm and peaceful. In fact, these are the times when such preparations should be made.
This should start in the home, where families should, as much as possible, try to stock up on necessities that could enable them to survive for at least two or three days, in case they are stranded by rising waters, or blocked by debris or falling items from landslides or avalanches.
Another suggestion from experts is for having packages of food items, water, and basic needs, always ready, in case the family needs to be evacuated. During the last World War, some families had such packs or bags for each member to pick up and carry immediately after reports of raids by the enemy are received. And it will also be advantageous if every member is briefed on what to do in case calamities strike.
It is not being paranoid, but the chances are so strong, that those who ignore such advices, and later suffer, will have only themselves to blame.*