20 September, 2011

We Are The World

No, this is not the official video of the song "We are the World - Haiti". I just asked my son to sing it. I lost the original copy in my hard drive. I embedded the video from my Facebook account instead.

12 September, 2011

Emergency Food Supply

Almost everyone knows they are supposed to keep an emergency food supply. Emergency situations can happen anytime. Having an emergency  supply of food and water is one important part of the preparation process. But what should you stockpile?

Select foods that are good to eat and reasonably good for you. Plan to rotate supplies every three months. By this, you won't have to worry if your food is stale when you need to eat it.

Date everything using a waterproof pen.
Keep at least 7-14 days worth of food per person. But of course, the more you can manage, the better.
Store these foods in an accessible, cool and dry place.

Here are some list that may help you decide what to stockpile.

Canned Foods:
  • Fruits in very light syrup. (peaches, pears, apricots)
  • Tuna, sardines, oysters (mix it up)
  • soup
  • Rice or soy milk
  • Beans or other vegetable
  • Broth (such as chicken or vegetable)
  • Jar of peanut butter
  • Jar of jelly or jam

Dried and Ready to Eat Food
  • Crackers
  • Dried fruits. Ginger candy is good for upset tummies.
  • Box of whole-grain cereal
  • Nuts and trail mixes
  • Whole-grain energy or granola bars

Food that Requires Water
  • Cup of noodles or ramen
  • Packets of Tea
  • Coffee
  • Instant rice
  • Pasta
  • Dried beans, lentils, peas

  • Canned 100% juice or juice boxes
  • Sport drinks (such as Gatorade)
  • Lots of water.

  • Manual can opener
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sugar
  • Vitamins
  • Water purification system
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Paper towels, plastic zipper-type bags for storing opened foods
  • Eating utensils and a bowl for each person, knives and a pair of scissors

Most food listed above will keep at least a few months to a year, but again, it's best to keep the rotation going.

Sometimes, on emergencies, it might be necessary to evacuate and gives you a little time to get out of your house. For this, it's important to take emergency essentials with you. A couple of large plastic containers should contain your supplies so you can pick them up and head out the door without running around wasting valuable time.

Discuss disaster scenarios with your family to arrange who is responsible for what. If you have a plan, you and the family members may be able to respond immediately. Read Emergency Checklist.

First-Aid Kit Checklist

A well-stocked first-aid kit is a necessity in very home. We should also keep one first-aid kit in each of our car. First-aid kits can be purchased at drugstores or you can decide to make your own. Choose containers that are durable, lightweight and with lots of space.

Here's an ideal list of what you will need for your own first-aid kit.

  • strerile gauze
  • adhesive tape
  • adhesive bandage
  • elastic bandage
  • a splint
  • antiseptic wipes
  • soap
  • antibiotic ointment
  • antiseptic solution
  • hydrocortisone cream (1%)
  • acetaminophen and ibuprofen
  • tweezers
  • sharp scissors
  • safety pins
  • disposable instant cold packs
  • calamine lotion
  • alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol
  • thermometer
  • flashlight and extra batteries
  • a blanket (stored nearby)
  • a list of emergency phone numbers

Make sure you read the manual and understand how to use the contents of your kit. Store first-aid kits in places that are out of reach of children but are accessible for adults. Check the kits regularly. Replacing missing items or medicines that have been used or have expired. Check the flashlight batteries to make sure they work. Read more Emergency Checklist.

Emergency Checklist

What do you in case of fire, flood or any other disasters?

Preparedness is most important but most have not created a family plan to deal with many of the hazards that might happen, especially disasters that occur without warning. Being prepared is really the best thing than waiting for help to arrive. Conduct a serious family discussion about "what if" scenarios -- plans, alternatives and agreed meeting places and responsibilities.

Basic Requirements:
  • Water- In almost any scenario, having enough drinking water for at least 3 days is essential. Of course, the more you can manage, the better.
  • Food - Be as simple or extravagant as you have time and money to be. Read Emergency Food Supply list.
  • Flashlight and spare batteries - Candles and oil lamps are fine, but can pose a fire hazard.
  • Swiss Army Knife - even if you don't get any other tools, the Swiss Army Knife has enough basic tools to be useful.
  • Source of Information - Watch the news or listen to the radio. If the power is out, use a portable, battery-powered radio.
  • Vital Personal Needs - diapers and formulas for babies, medications for health conditions, gas in your cars.
You may also include the following items:
  • Extra clothing, shoes, jackets, hats
  • Blankets
  • Matches
  • First-Aid Kit. See First-Aid Kit Checklist
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents such as ID, insurance, etc.
  • Books

It's up to each of us to do what we can do to take control of emergency situations. This page contains only the most basic level of preparation.

07 September, 2011

Mary, Mother of Jesus, Our Mother

When Jesus saw His mother,
and the disciple whom He loved standing near,
He said to His mother, "Woman, behold, your son!"
Then He said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!"
And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own home.
(John 19:26-27)

Catholics meditate on Mary only in the light of Christ. Jesus Christ is the heart of the Church. It was St. Catherine of Siena, who lived during the fourteenth century, who said that "All the way to heaven is heaven, because Christ is the Way."

The one thing she did is the one thing that we all have to do, namely, to bear Christ into the world." Our joy is that Mary did this as a human, "as a lay person and through the ordinary daily life that we all live.

(photos: maryourmother.net)

Puerto Princesa Underground River: New 7 Wonders of Nature Finalist

photo from New7wonders.com

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The underground river is reputed to be the world's longest. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water's edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.

The Puerto Princesa Underground River is one of the 28 finalists of the New7wonders of Nature. For the latest stories, click here.

The official website of the New7wonders of Nature is here.

And here's the link if you want to vote. Voting is only until November 11, 2011. (11.11.11).