#RubyPH Survival and Safety Tips

Before the Typhoon

  • Store an adequate supply of food and clean water. Prepare foods that need not be cooked.
  • Keep flashlights, candles and battery-powered radios within easy reach.
  • Examine your house and repair its unstable parts.
  • Always keep yourself updated with the latest weather report.
  • Harvest crops that can be yielded already.
  • Secure domesticated animals in a safe place.
  • For fisher folks, place boats in a safe area.
  • Should you need to evacuate, bring clothes, first aid kit, candles/flashlight, battery-powered radio, food, etc.

During the Typhoon

  • Stay inside the house.
  • Always keep yourself updated with the latest weather report
  • If safe drinking water is not available, boil water for at least 20 minutes.
  • Place it in a container with cover.
  • Keep an eye on lighted candles or gas lamps.
  • Do not wade through floodwaters to avoid being electrocuted and   contracting diseases.
  • If there is a need to move to an evacuation center, follow these reminders.
  • Evacuate calmly.
  • Close the windows and turn off the main power switch.
  • Put important appliances and belongings in a high ground.
  • Avoid the way leading to the river.

After the Typhoon

  • If your house was destroyed, make sure that it is already safe and stable when you enter.
  • Beware of dangerous animals such as snakes that may have entered your house
  • Watch out for live wires or outlet immersed in water.
  • Report damaged electrical cables and fallen electric posts to the authorities.
  • Do not let water accumulate in tires, cans or pots to avoid creating a favorable condition for mosquito breeding.
(Source: Philippine Red Cross)

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ATTENTION: All 143 and Red Cross Youth volunteers, stay safe and alert!.. Monitor TV, radio stations and Social Media for weather updates. You may also monitor @redcross143 and RedCrossYouthPH twitter handles to keep you posted.

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God Says I’m Valuable

How much are you worth? I’m not talking about money. We confuse self-worth with net worth, but they are very different. Your value has nothing to do with your valuables.

How much are you worth?

I once read an article in the Journal of Hospital Practice that calculated how much each of the enzymes and hormones and all the different things in your body are worth. The author added them up and if you are an average size person you are worth six-million, fifteen dollars and forty-four cents ($6,ooo,o15.44) based on your weight. (Some of us are worth more!)

You’re a six-million dollar man or a six-million dollar woman! The article’s author also estimated that, if you calculate the cost of creating each cell in your body, it would be about six thousand trillion dollars.

You are priceless.

Jesus thought this was so important that he took a whole chapter of the Bible to talk about it. In Luke 15 he tells three stories — the lost son, the lost coin, and the lost sheep. It’s the same punch line in each story. Jesus says, “You matter!”

You matter to God. You are valuable. God says you are valuable because he loves you and he has accepted you in Christ.

—from Rick Warren’s daily devotional

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