Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Keep Calm and Stay Safe, Philippines!

While some people around the world are focused on the Olympics, the people of the Philippines mainly in Luzon and Manila have been dealing with flood, traffic and other problems caused by Typhoon Gener, following some low pressure areas dumping rains on different parts in Luzon. The typhoon has caused damages and fatalities in many baranggays.

Photos: Rescue Operation , Floods in Metro Manila and nearby provinces

Since the Philippines is a tropical country, it is normal for us to be in the path of a few storms each year. Therefore this type of weather we’ve been experiencing won’t be the last of its kind this year.

Since we can’t control the weather, we can control how we handle and react to the catastrophe caused by the heavy rains.

When it comes to the storms, rains and cancellations of class, a great source has been President Aquino’s Project Noah, which stands for (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards). You can follow @nababaha in twitter and in Facebook for reports on NOAH. Project Noah was introduced in early July.

People who need to know the exact weather forecast for the day can visit and follow them on twitter @PHClimateX. The forecast for each specific city is provided, so now, Filipinos can check if they need to bring an umbrella throughout the day and know the chance of rain or sunshine. It is indeed an easy version.

We, in Iloilo are still thankful to have not experienced this kind of calamity again -- after Typhoon Frank. And we continue to pray for our kababayans in Luzon and Metro Manila for their safety.

It’s true that the more you know, the better prepared you can be.

For Twitter users:


For flood and traffic updates in Metro Manila, follow: @NDRRMC_Opcen, @MMDA, @makatitraffic


Text REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)


You can donate the following denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

You can also send your donations through their bank accounts in Banco de Oro, Metrobank, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Philippine National Bank, and Unionbank of the Philippines.

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