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Emergency Preparedness Tips

The Philippines is experiencing an average of 18-20 typhoons or tropical cyclones every wet season from May to October yearly, which means a threat to everyone’s home and people’s health. That said, here are some ways to prepare your home for the rainy season in the Philippines.

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1. Monitor latest weather bulletins and forecasts (e.g.  www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph and www.windy.com ).

2. Ensure that emergency supplies and equipment are available in the office and at home .

3. Plan ahead and prepare. Formulate  family emergency plans (i.e. evacuation plans and procedure,, communication and reunification plans).

4. Inspect house for  roof leaks, cracked walls, clogged drainage and roof gutters, and address issues accordingly.

5. Keep an updated list of contact details of emergency response agencies, local DRRM offices, volunteer rescue organizations of the locality where you reside.

From Doki Natividad of Energy Development Corporation – Emergency Management Unit.

WHY WE NEED TO WEAR FACE SHIELD

With the increasing number of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) positive cases, and with possible cure and vaccine remaining in development, it is vital for our government to ensure that our people adhere to stringent preventive measures, to stop the widespread transmission of COVID-19.

Most evidence supports that COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, with contact and transmission through small aerosol particles as secondary pathway. This evidence shows that the use of FACE SHIELDS, aside from FACE MASKS, will reduce the exposure to and emission of respiratory droplets.

Overall, starting August 15, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will require ALL PASSENGERS using any mode of public transportation to wear FACE SHIELD as an essential layer of protection to contain the spread of the virus, and help prevent public transport from becoming a transmission vector of the said virus.

The use of FACE SHIELD is one of the best ways to reduce the chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 when using any mode of public transportation. 

It is something that we, at the DOTr, are strongly advocating, and we wish to highlight the advantages of using a FACE SHIELD.

However, more than the advantages, we should take comfort with the words of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on why we are making this crucial layer of protection mandatory in public transportation –

“Let us remember that NO AMOUNT of protection is TOO MUCH when it comes to HEALTH and SAFETY, especially that we are battling an invisible enemy.’”

Source: From the Facebook page of Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope Libiran, of the Department of Transportation

How to survive coronavirus anxiety

Ironically, feeling stressed not only feels bad, but increases the risk for becoming ill. Here’s how to cope.

Dr. Kelli Harding, an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York said the best treatment for anxiety is often positive action.

Here are some simple steps you can take right now to feel better:

1. Take a media break

Joshua Klapow, a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor of public health at The University of Alabama at Birmingham advised, don’t immerse yourself in news about the coronavirus 24/7.

“You have to stop scouring social media and the internet for the latest twists and turns. Stay up to date using trusted sources, like the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, then step away,” he said.

2. Wash your hands frequently

It’s something that will actually lower your risk of getting sick. Learn how to do it properly: for a full 20 seconds using warm water and soap. “It’s quite incredible how helpful that is,” Harding noted.

3. Practice good self-care

Get plenty of nutrients by eating fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. “We know that sleep has a direct impact on the immune system. So you can take all the vitamin C you want, but if you’re sleep deprived, your immune system is compromised,” Klapow noted.

“Although those things seem very benign — they don’t seem as potent as putting on a face mask — they are things all of us can do to stay as healthy and as infection-free as possible.”

4. Take sensible steps to prepare

There’s definitely reason to take precaution, so being adequately prepared will provide peace of mind. Ready.gov, the government’s website, has concrete tips, like storing a two-week supply of water and food.

5. Go for a walk outside

Time spent in nature is soothing for the mind and body. Sunlight may lower your blood pressure, research has found. “If you can, get a little sunshine during your day. Take a stroll. Take a deep breath,” Harding suggested.

6. Acknowledge your anxiety

It’s generally unhelpful to tell a highly-anxious person to just stop feeling anxious, Harding said. Instead — whether it’s coronavirus or another panic-provoking situation — it’s useful to just acknowledge the anxiety and work through it. “Name it to tame it” is a mantra in mental health for big emotions, she noted.

7. Write down your worries

Seeing the words on paper or on a screen may stop you from spinning yourself into a frenzy.

“What are you catastrophizing? Write down the things you find yourself thinking and reflect on them. Challenge your own thinking to get it more in balance and reasonable,” according to Sherry Benton, a licensed psychologist in Tampa, Florida, and founder of TAO Connect, which provides online mental health therapy

8. Send a little love to people who you care about

Put together a text message chain or email chain with family on it — that way you can have it set up before it feels like an emergency situation and easily communicate with your loved ones. “We’re definitely not in this alone,” Harding said.

Full text: today.com