There are people who like to live dangerously, following a fatalist approach in life, intentionally. And there are those who unintentionally live dangerously because they believe inaccurate information, which is often fatal and hazardous.
Myth: “Things will go back to normal right after a disaster.”
Fact: The impact of a disaster cannot be measured beforehand. If a simple thunderstorm can set off a series of negative events such as flooding, power outages, and road obstruction, imagine what a severe natural disaster can do.
With this in mind, it is best to always be prepared for the long haul. At home, store at least a week’s worth of emergency supplies, medicine, food, and water. Keep medical records and other important documents such as government IDs in sealed waterproof containers.
Myth: “If there’s an emergency, all I need to do is call the national emergency hotlines for immediate help and it will come.”
Fact: When a major disaster strikes, help from local emergency personnel may be limited depending on the need, and they will most likely address critical situations first. Remember that the safety of the family should be the main priority. Better to not assume help is just around the corner; do what you can to be self-sufficient.
Myth: “Preparing for disasters takes a lot of money and effort.”
Fact: There are many things one can do to significantly improve one’s ability to deal with an emergency that are not too expensive or complicated. They are certainly cheaper and less complicated compared to the detrimental effects of being unprepared.
Leading insurer Axa Philippines’ Home Security provides property coverage against fire and lightning, acts of nature (earthquake, typhoon, flood), and even damage from riot/strike, among other things. The comprehensive insurance package for home offers rental and relocation expense, personal liability insurance, and personal accident insurance of up to P1 million for the policyholder, their spouse, and children.
Myth: “It is safe to drive or walk on the streets during typhoons or floods if there is only little water on the road.”
Fact: It is best to avoid driving or walking in the water. Even six inches of water can make a person lose control of their car. Those who are driving should stop for a while during a heavy downpour.
Walking in flood water also exposes an individual to diseases. Be alert for any electrical wires or outlets submerged in water. If possible, report any damaged or fallen electrical posts to the proper authorities.
Myth: “If I am trapped under rubble, the best thing to do is scream so people will know where I am.”
Fact: Do not scream or yell as doing so makes one susceptible to inhaling dangerous toxins that may have been released, many of them not visible to the naked eye. Try tapping on a wall or using an emergency whistle to let rescue teams know that you are trapped. Carry a small whistle for emergencies.
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