What to do during an earthquake

Nowadays we have to be always prepared because we never know when an earthquake strikes.

Here are some guidelines on what to do when there is an earthquake.

Protect yourself during an earthquake by following 3 simple steps:
 
IF YOU ARE INDOORS
 
1. DROP – drop down to the ground when shaking starts.
2. COVER – take cover by getting under a sturdy table or desk while covering your head and neck.
3. HOLD – hold on until the shaking stops. 
Wherever you go, you must protect yourself. Stay away from glass, windows, walls, hanging lights and furnitures or anything that could fall. Turn off the electricity or the main power switch of your house to avoid electrecution (just in case). If you are in your bed, hold on and protect your head with a pillow, but if there are lighting fixtures or furnitures that might fall on your bed move to the nearest safe place like under a strong table or desk. If you are in a building, use the stairs and not the elevator.
Do not leave your house / room (if you’re in a building) unless it is safe to go out but if you feel that your house / building might give in or collapse because of the strong quake, make sure you get out of your house / building fast and find a safe place to stay ouside.
 
IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE:
 
Just stay outside. Move away from buildings, electric posts, streetlights and billboards. Once you’re in the open, stay there and wait until the earthquake stops.

Having a positive attitude makes a difference

 

When there are difficulties in our life and we feel down, this is the time to reflect, think and expect the positive. Our Heavenly Father sent us to earth to learn, grow, experience, succeed and not to fail. We must always remember that God will never give us a burden that we cannot bear. Each and everyone of us have different challenges in life and it is up to us if we face it in a positive or negative way.

When we choose to have a positive attitude, we usually perform our work better and faster, and we usually enjoy it more. Filling our life with happy thoughts will help us overcome the negative feelings we feel inside. Some challenges might be easier for us to face if we will develop a positive attitude. We must learn to trust our self and God then do our best in our life no matter how many difficulties we may face.

President Spencer W. Kimball said:

“I remind you … that regardless of your present age, you are building your life; … it can be full of joy and happiness, or it can be full of misery. It all depends upon you and your attitudes, for your altitude, or the height you climb, is dependent upon your attitude or your response to situations” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1974, 112–13; or Ensign, Nov. 1974, 80).

We must always remember not to let circumstances influence our thoughts and moods. By rising over them mentally, we will eventually rise over them materially. By trusting in the Lord, praying and reading the scriptures we will develop a positive attitude and personal growth.

May the Lord bless us all! Keep smiling!

When Things Go Wrong

We often ask ourselves, why our lives take a turn for the worse even if we were trying to live the gospel. We keep on doing the things according to God, but still, we find ourselves in deep water sometimes.

I too, have felt the same feeling of being alone and empty in my life and keep on asking myself the same question during the time of deepest trials my family has faced. But, I’ve never losed my faith, trust and hope to the Lord. I’ve continued to do what is right having a positive attitude that someday my family will overcome the trials given by God.

I know that if we continue to obey the Lord’s commandments, our lives will be blessed. The Lord will always be there to help us in times of our deepest trials and afflictions. He has carried me and made my burden light.

The scriptures says, “Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith” (Mosiah 23:22). Let us put our trust in the Lord for He will deliver us out of our trials, our troubles and our afflictions, and we shall be lifted up in the last day (Ether 6:5, 11-12)

Let us always have patience in facing our afflictions, having a firm hope that one day we shall rest from all our afflictions.

Opinyon sa nalalapit na 2010 eleksyon

Habang tumatagal ang buhay natin dito sa mundong kinagagalawan natin, napapansin ko na sobrang dami na ng mga pangyayari na masasabi kong matindi, nakakatakot, nakakalungkot at nakakadurog ng puso. Sa bansang Pilipinas na aking tunay na bayan, masasabi ko na tumitindi na ang kasamaan at kapalaluhan ng kapwa ko Pilipino. Bakit ba patuloy pa rin nagkakaroon ng korupsyon; pagnanakaw; mga political killings; pandaraya; mga patayan; bangayan at panloloko sa ating bansa? Ito ang isang tanong na kayhirap sagutin ngunit kay daling gawin para sa iba. Bakit di nalang tayo mabuhay ng mapayapa? Iwasan na natin ang mga gulo – gulong pampulitikal at iba pang mga kaguluhan upang maging maayos ang ating bansa. Kailan kaya magiging maayos ang sistema ng ating gobyerno? Hangga’t patuloy na may umuupo na di maayos na politiko na iniisip lamang ang kanyang sarili at walang pakialam sa mga tao at ang gusto lamang na atupagin ay makanakaw ng pera at kumita ng malaki sa mga proyekto na sa simula lang gagawin ngunit di naman tatapusin.

Sana sa taong 2010 ay magkaroon ng isang malaking pagbabago sa ating bansa. Sa nalalapit na eleksyon ang mga botante ay dapat huwag pumayag na ikontrol sila ng mga pulitiko at suhulan para iboto sila. Ang mga botante ay kailangang gamitin nila ang kanilang isipan at piliin ng mabuti kung sino-sino at mga nararapat na iluklok sa posisyon sa gobyerno. Oras na para magkaroon ng pagbabago. Gawin natin ang lahat para maging mapayapa at maayos ang eleksyon na walang anumang dayaan o kaguluhan. Magkaisa, magmahalan, magtulungan at magbigayan tayong lahat upang magkaroon ng kaunlaran ang ating inang bayan.

It’s Christmas!

May we all feel the love, warmth and care of each and everyone this holiday season. Christmas is the time that we just not celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ, it’s also the time when we give our love by imparting what we have to others who have none.  By showing our love and concern to others,  our savior Jesus Christ will be very happy!

Again, Merry Christmas to all! Spread the love! Peace to all!

mie-chan ^_^

“Strong Earthquake to hit NCR in Philippines”

“Massive quake could destroy 40% of NCR buildings”

Some 38% to 40% of Metro Manila’s residential and mid-rise buildings, as well as 14% of the area’s high-rise buildings, could be destroyed in the event of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, which could happen anytime between now and the next 400 years, the chief of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Wednesday.

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum Jr. issued the warning during Wednesday’s Senate hearing on climate change, which was chaired by Sen. Loren Legarda and Sen. Rodolfo Biazon.

Solidum explained this is the worst case scenario because Metro Manila is within the Valley Fault Line formerly known as the Marikina Fault Line. The fault line starts from the Sierra Madre down to Santa Rosa, Laguna and crosses to Tagaytay, parts of Bulacan, Rizal, Quezon City, Pasig, Marikina and parts of Makati.

While there is no reason to panic if everyone is prepared, Solidum said the agency has no way to predict earthquakes from the fault line. He said Phivolcs has yet to monitor any movement from the fault line.

Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Manuel Bonoan said the DPWH has already made an assessment of public structures in Metro Manila since 2002. He said the retrofitting of all major structures has already been completed and that they are not expecting a total collapse in case of a major earthquake.

Solidum, meanwhile, debunked reports that the San Roque Dam is located on a fault line. He said the dam is seven kilometers away from the San Manuel Fault in Pangasinan.

Danilo Sedilla, National Power Corporation vice-president for engineering, said the agency first investigated the exact location of all earthquake faults before building the dam. He added that the dam was also constructed to withstand a 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

credit: abs-cbnNEWS.com for the news

** News about an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 that will hit certain parts of the Philippines specially in NCR has spread widely not just on television, newspapers and radio but also over the internet and has created buzzes and scares among Filipinos. This news is indeed scary and should not to be taken lightly. We never know when this strong earthquake will happen but one thing for sure is that we should all be prepared. We should now start earthquake drills on schools/universities, offices and even in our own homes or conduct disaster preparedness programs so that we will know what to do when a srong earthquake strikes. Let us all pray to GOD that he will now allow this strong earthquake to hit our country and that He will spare us whatever calamities might come again.