#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)

#RubyPH

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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.

Remember to use #RubyPH for weather alerts, #FloodPH for flood reports, and #RescuePH for reports on rescue needs. Be a responsible netizen!

If you are posting updates on your current situation, kindly use #RC143 so we can easily monitor it. Let us all be a digital humanitarian today.

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#StrongerPH : Participation to Tweetathon

INVITATION TO JOIN THE TWEET-A-THON

On November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made an indelible mark in the lives of Filipinos. More than ten thousand volunteers rendered their time and best effort to help and serve the victims of the killer typhoon. With their endeavour to aid those that suffered, services are provided while ensuring dignity for individuals and their families.

Their endless ability to extend their hands to unable people makes the Filipino spirit stronger than any typhoon. Reaching vulnerable people without getting anything in return but just self worth is beyond words. Relative to their capabilities and precious effort to serve, our humanitarian spirit remains alive.

As we now commemorate a year after Super Typhoon Yolanda, we are coming up with a tweetathon (24-hour twitter chat marathon) with a theme: Remembering Yolanda through Volunteering, on November 8, 2014. Relative to this, we encourage you to participate in the discussion.

Post your intention to participate by tweeting: “I’m joining @philredcross’ StrongerPH tweetathon in (State your Region: Luzon/Visayas/Mindanao) on November 8.”

Should you have any inquiries regarding the event, please contact Mr. Ryan Jay Jopia, Officer In-Charge of the Volunteer Service, at (02) 527-0000 loc. 130 or send an email to volunteer@redcross.org.ph or tweet @lynvgarcia.

Thank you.

The Best to Start the Day

How do you start your day? Do you hurriedly get out of bed and barely make it out the door on time? Do you turn on the TV? Do you go exercise? Whatever your morning routine may be, the most important question you need to ask yourself is, “What role does God play when I start my day?”

It took me a lot of years to figure this out, but I now know that the very best way to start my day is by giving thanks to God for what He’s done for me and asking Him how I can be a blessing to other people.

I encourage you to spend time each morning focusing on the good things God has done in your life. Think about the dangers and difficulties He’s brought you through, the ways He’s healed you and changed you, and how good it is to know He cares for you and hears your prayers.

When you learn to set your mind on God each morning, He’ll give you all the peace and joy you need to live for Him as you go about the rest of your day.

Prayer Starter: Lord, I make a decision today to pursue You first thing when I get up every morning. Nothing is more important than seeking You and receiving Your peace and joy.

 

—from Joyce Meyer’s daily devotional

At Peace

Peace is something everyone aspires to in some degree. Whether it’s a working mum who longs for a moment of “peace and quiet” or whether two powerful allies are working through the intricacies of political negotiation, the idea of peace is living in a state of contentment and tranquillity of security, freedom and social harmony.

You’ve probably heard of the expression “Is the glass half empty or half full?” This is a way you can measure a person’s perspective. What do you see when you look at the glass? Do you focus on what you have or what you don’t have? What you focus on in life determines whether or not you will experience peace in your heart.

The Bible gives us clear instructions about finding and living in a place of peace, as well as what takes away our peace:

What a worry worry is!
Anxiety and worry work in opposition to inner peace. When you are worried or anxious about something, you do not have peace. In fact, worrying is a genuine health-hazard! Proverbs 12:25 says “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression”. The New Living Bible says, “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.”

Worrying is about trusting in your own ability but Philippians 4:6-7 says,

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Peace cannot be earned, but it can be found. The key is to turn worry into thanksgiving.

Rans 5:1 teaches us that because we are justified by faith in Jesus, we have peace with God. The grace of God means you don’t have to earn peace, it comes through faith in Jesus, relying on and believing in His Word.

PRAYER: Father I desire to live in peace. Help me to trust You with the challenges I face and to focus on all that You have done in my life with a thankful heart.

from “How To Maximize Your Life” daily devotional

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Quiet Time : Specific Time

(From Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional)

The specific time has to do with when you should have your quiet time and how long it should be. The general rule is this: The best time is when you are at your best! Give God the best part of your day, when you are the freshest and most alert. Don’t try to serve God with your leftover time. Remember, too, that your best time may be different from someone else’s.

For most of us, however, early in the morning seems to be the best time. It was Jesus’ own practice to rise early to pray and meet with the Father.

In the Bible many godly men and women rose early to meet with God. Some of these were: Abraham, Moses, Job, Hannah, Jacob, and David.

Whatever time you set, be consistent in it. Schedule it on your calendar; make an appointment with God as you would with anyone else. Make a date with Jesus!

Then look forward to it and don’t stand him up. A stood-up date is not a pleasant experience for us, and Jesus does not like to be stood up either. So make a date with him and keep it at all costs.

If you’ve never had a consistent quiet time before, you may want to start with seven minutes and let it grow naturally. You should aim to eventually spend at least 15 minutes a day with the Lord.

Love Is A Habit

(From Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional)

If you only love on and off like a light switch, you do not love others like God wants you to love. Jesus said, “If you only love those who love you what credit is that to you?” (Luke 6:32 NIV)

His point is this: all of us can love those who love us back. Becoming a master lover means you learn to love the unlovable. It’s when you love people who don’t love you, when you love people who irritate you, when you love people who stab you in the back or gossip about you.

This may seem like an impossible task and it is – that’s why we need God’s love in us, so we can then love others: “We know and rely on the love God has for us.” (1 John 4:16 NIV)

When you realize how much God loves you – with an extravagant, irresistible, unconditional love – then his love will change your entire focus on life. If we don’t receive God’s love for us, we’ll have a hard time loving other people. I’m talking about loving the unlovely, loving the difficult, loving the irritable, loving people who are different or demanding.

You can’t do that until you have God’s love coming through you. You need to know God’s love so it can overflow out of your life into others.