What to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER a Typhoon

Heavy rains had made the Philippines’ capital paralyzed this week submerging about 70% of its total land area. This scenario has always become a “normal” scene and an annual headline every rainy season. Storms have become the country’s constant visitor and they always, I mean always leave something disastrous after.

So with such “usual” scenario that we often see even after storms have passed and floods have subsided, how are you going to prepare for it? Below are some of the things that you should do before, during and after the storm:


Before Typhoon

  • Keep yourself updated. With the various media platforms, it is next to impossible to not be updated of the supposed typhoon’s movement.
  • Inspect and clean up your house especially your drainage system. Check to see if there’s a need to fix your house such as holes on your roofs, damaged doors, windows or ceilings. Have them fixed as soon as possible. Do check as well your drainage system. If there’s clogging, have them fixed or remove any material that may possibly cause the clogging.
  • Store ample amount of ready-to-eat foods and water. Make sure that the foods and water that you will store is adequate enough for you and your family and will last for few days. Ready-to-eat foods such as canned/packed foods are especially helpful when cooking is no longer feasible.
  • If you have second or third floors or any part in your house that is elevated, have your things especially those that generate electricity placed in there. This will keep water from coming in contact with these stuffs.
  • If you are advised to evacuate, do so. These people who will inform you of the need for evacuation are more knowledgeable than anyone else. So don’t be hard-headed, at least not during this time of distress.
  • Always have your emergency kits with you. Your emergency kit may include first-aid supplies, candles, flashlights, life vests and battery-operated radio.


During Typhoon

  • If no advice to evacuate was announced, then better stay inside your house. Keep yourself calm and postpone any scheduled travels.
  • Keep on monitoring the typhoon’s movement through your television, radio or the internet.
  • If you see signs of water rising, better turn off the main sources of electricity. Do keep your electric-powered items stored in higher areas and refrain from using them during flood.
  • Do not wade along flooded areas to keep yourself from contacting water-borne diseases. If it is inevitable, wear protective gears such as raincoats and boots to protect yourself.
  • If you are told to evacuate, calmly comply.


After the Typhoon

  • Monitor and update yourself with the progress of the typhoon through radio, television or the internet (should this be accessible).
  • If your house was one of the heavily damaged, make sure that you heed to the advice of the authorities regarding its safety and stability. If they are uncertain of your house’s condition, do not go yet. If the house didn’t have that much damage, have your house inspected and do the needed repairs immediately. Just be safe in inspecting your house and avoid scattered debris.
  • Watch out for live wires or any electrical outlet that may be submerged in water. If you don’t have the sufficient knowledge on electrical wirings, have a knowledgeable person inspect these wires as well as your appliances before you actually use them again.
  • Wear protective gears such as boots. Water-borne diseases such as Leptospirosis do not only spread out during typhoon but also after the typhoon. The bacteria that cause this disease may still be present in moist soils or scattered debris and if these contacts with your open wound, the chances of developing such disease is very much likely.
  • Boil water before drinking as they may be contaminated.
  • Clean up. Dispose things that may be a ground for mosquitoes to breed. Such stuffs may include tires, cans or pots.




Rethink Life: From a Distance

Rethink life from the beauty of Gods creation.

Video: From A Distance

“From A Distance”

From a distance the world looks blue and green,

and the snow-capped mountains white.

From a distance the ocean meets the stream,

and the eagle takes to flight.

From a distance, there is harmony,

and it echoes through the land.

It’s the voice of hope, it’s the voice of peace,

it’s the voice of every man.

From a distance we all have enough,

and no one is in need.

And there are no guns, no bombs, and no disease,

no hungry mouths to feed.

From a distance we are instruments

marching in a common band.

Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace.

They’re the songs of every man.

God is watching us. God is watching us.

God is watching us from a distance.

From a distance you look like my friend,

even though we are at war.

From a distance I just cannot comprehend

what all this fighting is for.

From a distance there is harmony,

and it echoes through the land.

And it’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves,

it’s the heart of every man.

It’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves.

This is the song of every man.

And God is watching us, God is watching us,

God is watching us from a distance.

Oh, God is watching us, God is watching.

God is watching us from a distance.

ReThink Life


Story of an Eagle


Clay Balls


A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn’t look like much, but they intrigued the man so he took the bag out of the cave with him.

As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could. He thought little about it until he dropped one of the balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone.

Excited the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure.

He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left. Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he just threw it away.

It’s like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn’t look like much from the outside. It isn’t always beautiful or sparkling so we discount it. We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy. But we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person by God.

There is a treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.

May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay.

May we see the people in our world as God sees them.

Life is Like a Cup of Coffee

This is the kind of story that truly touches your soul and puts life into perspective. We all really do focus too much on the cup and not on the coffee. This is really inspiring and moving.