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Too Tough to Just Give Up

Merell Lystra L. Recta | Feature Writer

With just a blink of an eye, what makes you happy can just be a puff of smoke in the air. Places of your unforgettable memories can turn to be abandoned spaces that nobody cares. No matter how much we secure our future, there will always be uncertainties bound to disrupt our peaceful journeys.

Natural disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, landslides, and flash floods have no longer been strangers to our native land. A disaster strikes, we become devastated, and after some time, we rise once again bearing a smile on our faces.

Way back in 2013, the world’s strongest typhoon, Yolanda, gave us a shudder of death and devastated mostly the Visayan part of our country. Also in that same year, the earthquake in Bohol shook our country with grief and fear. However, it did not stop Filipinos from rising once again. It might be one of the worst years for our kin but it was not a hindrance to pursue a good life after all.

With the celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness in the month of July, being prepared for the onset of any disaster is a must not just for students but for all the citizens in our country.

Although there is no hundred percent assurance of safety, it is still better to be prepared.

Here are some tips you should know in case a disaster strikes.

Know the hazards of your place.
One doesn’t need a degree to know what dangers are present in one’s home. From plain observation, one can determine the hazards. Those infrastructures situated near a fault or near the sea have a higher chance of damage from earthquakes and tsunamis respectively.

In addition, one should also know what to do in case the hazard becomes a disaster. Being knowledgeable on these matters can save your life. Also, participating in earthquake drills or symposium is another way of getting to know your disasters.

Secure your life with survival skills.
Technology made our lives easier and better. However, during and after a disaster, it will feel like being back to the stone age. No electricity, probably no water supply, damaged homes, and relief goods for the meantime. In a disaster, there will always be casualties or injuries and not everyone can be accommodated immediately. Having a  background on first aid can be one’s primary source of immediate response to someone in need of immediate care.

Patience is another survival skill after a disaster. It is expected that no status is considered in giving commodities so one needs to fall in line and wait for one’s turn.

Another skill to prepare for is the skill of “walang arte” because you cannot simply request something and get directly. Establishments wouldn’t be open right after disaster so for the meantime, you must deal with a simple life.

Always be wary of your surroundings.
Life can surprise you any moment. In just a split second, an earthquake can happen. In a matter of minutes, a flashflood can happen. In a matter of days, a volcanic eruption can happen. There is no exact time of when it will happen thus, always be attentive to your whereabouts. You need not to be anxious all the time. You just have to be more observant so that you may avoid the risk of getting into so much pain.

Communicate as often as possible.
It might be very difficult to communicate with friends or family far from the affected areas but at least informing them of your current situation can lower their worries a bit. Things can be replaced but lives are irreplaceable. As much as possible, keep updated for further instructions from authorities. Remember, not only in relationships is communication important but most especially in emergency situations.

Again, there is no assurance of being safe all the time. Seesaws swing and so does life. Last July 6, the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that shook Leyte was another obstacle to deal with four years after from Yolanda.

Disaster does not choose.

It has no standards to deal with.

It does not consider whether you are the poorest or the richest.

Once it is ready to pour its wrath, you cannot just simply pay the price and be spared

Through the years, Filipinos have proven their resiliency. It might be rough but Filipinos are just too tough to just give up.

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