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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.

Photo by Ross Sneddon on Unsplash

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.

The Best Safety Practice Tips from a COVID Survivor

This is worth sharing especially from someone who live to tell the harrowing story of surviving COVID19.

As a COVID Survivor, I come to realize that applying the best safety practices (other than a healthy immune system) for CoViD is the hallmark that one can follow so that he/she can be out of the complications of the disease. It made me create the 12 COMMANDMENTS OF SAFETY FOR COVID-19 which is a mnemonics of Tips to protect everyone from infection:

C  –  Cover properly your mouth and nose with appropriate Mask (surgical mask, properly sewn cloth mask, N95, or O2 Canada Mask and if possible, with face shield)

O  –  Observe frequent Hand washing (with soap and water) or hand sanitizing

M –  Mind the physical distancing norms (6 feet apart)

M –  Mind the coughing and sneezing etiquette

A –  Avoid touching your face particularly the mouth, eyes, or nose

N  –  Never stay or move away quickly from crowded areas

D  –  Do not go out of your house unless it is necessary

M –  Minimize or avoid contact with frequently-touched public materials (e.g. knobs, toilet faucets) or common public surfaces (e.g. rails, counter/teller platform). Use foot, back of hand or elbow to open doors, use ‘extensions’ like Key 9 Bronze tool to press ATM and elevator buttons, use plastic bag holders, use gloves, bring exact fare when paying, etc

E  –  Emphasize in having air movement inside vehicle (2-3 inches opening with or without aircon), or in enclosed rooms by opening windows or doors to allow ventilation (better if with fans to form wind tunnel)

N –  Never forget to sanitize item/s frequently used or handled (cellular phone, car keys, computer keyboard)

T  –  Take a bath once you come from work, market, or any crowded area

S  –  Secure in a small plastic bag or simply fold properly used mask, gloves or any PPE before throwing it in the trash bin

Crisis expert Dr. Ted Esguerra was tested for COVID last March.

Dr. Esguerra is an Operational Medicine Instructor at International Disaster Response Network from the Philippines. He is the Expedition & Wilderness Emergency Medical Services Physician of the Philippine Mt. Everest Expedition Team and the Voyage of the Balangay. He is a Flight Surgeon and the Officer-in-Charge of the elite medical rescue team: The Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team (SMART) of the Philippine Coast Guard. He is trained on Urban and Wilderness Rescue, Aviation Medicine, Expedition Medicine for Tropical and Alpine Mountain Operations, Tactical Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Aquatic/Dive Medicine and high altitude medicine. (From his LinkedIn account)

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