October 2, 2009

Excuse me? (an update on relief efforts)

Posted in personal at 9:02 pm by kimsan23


I recently got a comment in my moderation queue that said “I hate spammers and opportunists.” and marked my post as “Spam.”

Just to make things clear, this website is soliciting for typhoon victims and nothing else.  All in all, this website has donated 100 packs of toiletries (containing shampoo, bath soap, laundry soap and toothpaste) to an evacuation center in Cainta where there were 100 families stranded due to Typhoon Ondoy. We also helped in the relief efforts of Akabayan by helping make sandwiches and pack food items for typhoon victims.

We are all doing our part in helping out people who were affected by the typhoon.  People who make harsh judgments or crass comments are not at all any help to these causes.  Whoever you are (you didn’t even leave your real e-mail address), I hope you have done your part in helping out.

There’s your webmaster in the red cap wrapping sandwiches in Akbayan.

Additionally, here are  more tips from Bayanihan Online :

Your Typhoon Survival Kit

October 1, 2009, 2:29 PM

Filed under: Survival

Being prepared is always one step towards survival. Here are some things that we think is important to have during times like these. Prepare them beforehand and keep them in a safe place at all times. Better yet, keep them with you, or in an area that is easy to reach and won’t get in the way of raging floods, etc.


1. Clean drinking water. Good enough for a week. Consider having at least 1 gallon per person per day.

2. Other drinks. Consider: juices in packs, carbonated drinks, coffee.

3. Food. Also good enough for a week. Consider:

* Snacks that are easy to store and carry (biscuits, cookies)

* Non-perishable canned food (corned beef, tuna, pork and beans, vienna sausage, etc.)

* Candies to maintain sugar in body and keep acidity at bay

* Bread that will last for a few days, for carbo load

* Instant noodles, if you have the means to cook

* IMPORTANT: food for babies and the elderly if you have them staying with you

4. Food utensils.

* Spoons, forks, knives, paper plates, drinking cups

* Non-electric can opener

* Cooking stove and fuel, if possible

* Plastic bags

5. Medicines. Consider having medicines for the following:

* Fever and nausea

* Coughs and colds

* Hypertension

* Diabetes

* Diarrhea

* Anti-tetanus

* Anti-leptospirosis

* Other prescription drugs that you need to take

* Also include asthma inhalers with extra nebules and other asthma medicines

6. First Aid kit. Must contain band-aids, gauze, tweezers, alcohol, antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide, bandage scissors, absorbent dressings, antiseptic wipe packets, cold compress, gloves and thermometer.

7. Sanitation kit. Make sure that you have tissue wipes, toilet paper, sanitary napkins, diapers.

8. Toiletries. These include toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap.

9. Blankets, towels, comforters, pillows. You can put them in large garbage bags to keep from getting wet.

10. Extra clothes and underwear. Put them in plastic bags to avoid from getting wet. If you can, pack something that will last you for a few days.

11. Jackets, sweaters, socks, caps. And anything else that will keep you warm and dry.

12. Emergency lights and flashlights.

13. Fresh batteries. Have reserves for batteries of different sizes, especially for radios and flashlights.

* “Ideally batteries should be advanced lithium or lithium so they have a longer shelf life….but the new Energizer Advanced is good enough to last a lot of long usage compared to Energizer Max batteries….” [via Comments]

14. Radio. Must be portable, battery operated, has functional AM station.

15. Mobile phone. Make sure the battery is fully charged, and that you have a spare one, too, in case of emergency. Also consider walkie-talkies.

16. Cash. Banks and ATMs might not be available so make sure that you have cash with you.

17. Keys. Have copies of keys to the front door, back door, garage, car keys, etc.

18. Items for pets. Consider also having a leash, muzzle, cage and food for your pets.

19. Umbrellas and tents

20. Water pails and dippers

21. Floatation devices like life jackets, styrofoams, old tires, etc.

22. Rope

* “I advice against tying family members together on a rope…if one member is swept away then the others will be pulled as well unless one person has super human strength….the rope should be attached as a guy line to guide members or as an escape line from high structures…” [via Comments]

23. Plastic whistles

* “Fox 40 whistle is available here in the RP…definitely loud.” [via Comments]


Many people have died trying to go back for these things, so it’s important that you are well-prepared already at this point in time. Keep these documents in a water-proof container:

1. Birth certificates

2. Insurance records

3. Medical records

4. SSS, Pag-ibig and Philhealth records

5. Identification cards

6. Passports

7. Bank account numbers and records

8. Emergency contact numbers (i.e. NDCC hotline numbers, PNP, etc.)

9. Contact numbers of family, friends and loved ones

It is important that you have an ID with you wherever you go. Also, a list of people to contact in case something happens to you. If you can, put your emergency contacts on speed dial.

If you have more suggestions, please leave them in the comments section.

Updated as of 2 October 2009, 9:14 AM.



  1. doc joby said,

    anti-tetanus meds even if usually needed due to injuries sustained during calamitieas are to be prescribed, dispensed and administered only by competent professionals as these may cause anaphylactic shock and death…

  2. doc joby said,

    same with anti-leptospirosis meds usually doxycycline which we do not give as a prophylaxis…the disease should first be documented properly and then adequately treated….NO prophylaxis…the only prevention of any use is to avoid wading in flood waters…but in time of calamities, that is not your primary concern…

  3. doc joby said,

    clothes can be vacuum packed/sealed in zip lock type bags to cut down bulk and to keep them dry…works great for travel too if you like me are frequently travelling to less than tourist type destinations….

  4. doc joby said,

    you can keep electronic devices, important documents, first aid kits and medicines in zip lock bags also…

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