A Disaster

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I try to keep the mood of the this blog on the positive side. But sometimes it can’t be avoided.

The Philippines, my motherland, was recently ravaged by a mega-typhoon practically the size of North America. The aftermath is devastating and heart wrenching. It is gut checking to see the devastation brought upon an already struggling, yet progressive, tiny nation. But, despite of the magnitude of the storm, the people took on Haiyan, despite the severity of the aftermath, after they asked for help, they are picking up, cleaning up, and are moving on, with or without help. When you are a nation who are pounded by the greatest number of storms year after year, you learn to pick up, clean up, and smile. It is a testament of will, resilience, and determination.

Sure, there are lootings and finger pointings, after wards, but that’s natural. Let you be in the same situation, let me not see you try to ravage a standing grocery store to find water and food for you and your surviving family. And let me see any government with minimal resources, prepare for a super typhoon whose magnitude is unrivaled, you can’t. So you do your best.

I thought I would give you a few stats to help put things in perspective and some suggestions of organizations to contact on how you can help. I am sure, you have probably heard some these in the news, if not, now you know.

Typhoon Haiyan:

1. Considered on of the most powerful to have reached landfall, Haiyan was 370 miles wide.

2. Winds reached 195 mph, gusts reached 235 mph. That’s strong.

3. Storm surge reached 17 feet, and 27 inches of rain.

After the Storm(numbers may vary depending on source):

1. 9 million people have been affected: 4.5 million of which are children and 1.5 million of which are children under the age of 5.

2. About 600,000 have been displaced.

3. About 12,000 have been injured.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Local:

Kansas City

The Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City

Philippine Medical Society

World Outreach Foundation of Kansas City

Houston/Texas

First Philippine Baptist Church

Philippine American Chamber of Commerce

National/International:

The American Red Cross

Save the Children

Doctor without Borders

*As always, if you are making monetary donations, make sure that the organization is legitimate and trust worthy. Sadly, scammers are always out there looking to profit on disasters*

*Image from catholicexchange.com*

Source: United Nations and World News NBC

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3 thoughts on “A Disaster

  1. “And let me see any government with minimal resources, prepare for a super typhoon..”

    I agree with the above statement, but it still irks the hell out of me that so much damage & loss occurred when a degree of it COULD have been prevented… With proper preparation.
    Yes, the Philippine government isn’t known to be the most resourceful or richest, but it still manages to get by. THE ENTIRE WORLD knew that this storm was coming weeks in advance. Yet, not much was done, even on a local scale, to help people prepare. I think I read somewhere that some survivors were actually out SHOPPING that day & took cover inside a jeep that was pushed by with flood waters. What!?

    You would think that after the first couple of typhoons, the government would have made it a priority to put together some PSA’s, storm prep, etc. weeks in advance. Again, everyone says the same thing: these programs cost money. But at what point do you stop & actually think about what really needs to get done & paid for? Once the entire country is wiped out by another major storm?
    Or maybe it’s just way too out there to ask the big government to actually take care of its people for once, to really do the things that the citizens voted them on there to start doing. As if they couldn’t work together with worldwide relief aid to bring in volunteers to help with storm prep, set up evacuation centers, etc.
    Or maybe it’s all just part of a bigger conspiracy/plan, with aid not being sent out until AFTER catastrophe hits, helping to keep those in need, well… In need.

    It’s pathetic. And so sad. So much death could have been avoided. Yes, a lot of effort is being put now to help out the situation. Great. Now let’s start getting more into a PREVENTATIVE mindset as well… Get people to start thinking about what they can do BEFORE something happens.

    It’s like Rita. We did too much for nothing, but as the saying goes, “better safe than sorry”.

    And I am so sorry that not more had been done to keep those numbers & statistics lower.
    Thanks for this article.

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