How to spot someone drowning

Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D., has formulated The Instinctive Drowning Response. It describes what people do to avoid drowning and is not like what most of us believe drowning looks like. Apparently, in 10 percent of drownings people nearby have no idea the victim is in trouble. Read about the Instinctive Drowning Response in this article […] Continue Reading

Grow your own food with square foot gardening

Storing ‘beans, bandages & bullets’ is a common saying amongst people into emergency preparedness. Lots of people focus on stashing away food, medical supplies and firearms. One easy preparedness activity that’s often overlooked is growing your own food. This is vital for long-term sustainability and has the advantage that you can enjoy the healthy yields […] Continue Reading

Safety concerns with growing food in old tires

HuwsNursey talks about safety concerns with growing food in old tires. Summary: Growing food in plastic containers can leech harmful chemicals into the soil, which will then be absorbed into the food. There are similar concerns with growing food in tires. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: leaching of chemicals from partially burned tires, […] Continue Reading

Greater Metropolitan Manila Area Risk Analysis Project

A video explaining the Greater Metropolitan Manila Area Risk Analysis Project. The aim of the project is to give a clearer understanding of the: Flooding in the Pasig-Marikina river basin Severe winds associated tropical cyclones Damaging earthquakes from the West Valley Fault Continue Reading

How safe is your house?

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have launched a 12-point questionnaire for Philippine homeowners to assess the earthquake readiness of their house. Rappler have created an interactive quiz based at: How Safe is My House? Self-check for Earthquake Safety See a video of concrete hollow block house […] Continue Reading

Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest will also affect Asia

Seismology in layman’s terms. As if the Philippines has enough to worry about with its own earthquakes, an earthquake in the Pacific Northwest will also affect Asia. The Really Big One: An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when. Continue Reading

When is canned food unsafe to eat?

When buying stocks from the grocery, avoid dented and rusted cans. You won’t be able to store them for long. However, if the cans are in good condition, the food inside should be safe for storage indefinitely. Canned food gone bad – Do you know all 8 signs? Continue Reading

The Valley Fault System Atlas

PHIVOLCS and GMA News Online have downloadable copy of The Valley Fault System Atlas on scribd . The higher-resolution copy is available for free download from the PHIVOLCS website. There is also a set of downloadable PDF files at The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council website. Continue Reading

Common sense items for your Vehicle Emergency Kit

Here’s a list adapted from 13 Common Sense Items you Need in a Winter Vehicle Emergency Kit on ITS Tactical. We don’t have winter but these are some common sense items for the Philippines: First aid kit Jumper Cables A flashlight Jack and lug wrench Spare tire Basic tools Vehicle fire extinguisher Emergency signalling devices Extra food […] Continue Reading