Past

Investigating from the past, we have experienced typhoons of varying intensities. All of which have caused great destruction to the area. Water and food supplies have become very limited. Electricity has been down from days to weeks to even months. Emergency tools and equipment or materials and extensive preparation has been made but still We suffer very difficult and troublesome calamitous impact much needed infrastructure to hasten economic recovery.

It takes a great deal of time to recover from just hours of the typhoon’s rampage. Some are even more unfortunate, with flooding and water surges in specific areas causing a number of families’ homes to be destroyed and lives lost due to being underprepared on our side. This just goes to show that there is still much preparation to be done in order to minimize damage that may occur once a calamity such as this would strike again.

Present

Had there been no previous experience, we would not know what were the necessities that must be prepared. The current problem is that, even with that experience in hand, not much has changed in terms of how we handle the situation. The power outage problem, food and water supply limitations, losses of lives and property, and etc., all in just a matter of hours.

The recent events had such a massive impact and it shows when it took quite some time for the us to get back on our feet. In light of the recent disaster that had struck last year, we hope that when a typhoon as strong as the last comes, we can now be better prepared.

Solution

Based on the calamity that we have experienced recently, recovery from a strong catastrophe has indeed been challenging. With the lack of preparation and the strong intensity of the typhoon, who’s to say that this won’t happen again. We must equip ourselves better, prepare for the worst. We may not be able to avoid these kinds of natural disasters but we can avoid long period of waiting in long lines to food, gas or other supplies; waiting for repairs and etc. and a fast recovery after the storm. We are mentioning several key areas that need to be improved, if not, perfected:

1. Education/Seminars – this is important for the people to have basic knowledge on what to do in case of any calamity or to act on in any emergency.

2. Emergency Response – response team down to its lowest subgrouping should function to act as the source of vital information of incoming weather and other form of disturbances of the community.

3. Urban Planning – as it has always been the poorly affected area, urban planning may be suggested through legislation to better the situation.

4. Relocation – any business and household that belongs to the marine zone must be relocated.

5. Electricity – general infrastructures are ran mostly mechanized, we must widen our alternatives in our electricity wirings/power posts so that in the events of any calamity, the impact will be minimal in result and restoration would be prompt. The government should provide long term solutions on power sector such as adapting technologies that are very resilient to disaster. An opinion will be underground installation in order to survive aerial forces of nature.

We are unsure of what the future brings. Natural disasters come and go and we must be a step ahead. The choices we make today will affect our outcomes in a good way as expected but let us strive our best to ensure that the future ahead of us will bear good outcomes.

OSHC REU 7