announcement6 – NEW EARTHQUAKE–TSUNAMI WARNINGS the panic syndrome, disaster preparedness primer

NEW EARTHQUAKE – TSUNAMI WARNINGS
The Panic Syndrome
Disaster Preparedness Primer
(MANILA, MAY 2010) THE PHILIPPINE VOLCANOLOGY INSTITUTE OR PHIVOLCS HAS ISSUED WARNINGS THAT MAY TO DECEMBER OF THIS YEAR ARE CRITICAL MONTHS FOR EARTHQUAKES AND TSUNAMIS.
THE MOTHER IGNACIA HEALING MINISTRY ALSO ISSUED SUCH WARNINGS REPEATEDLY IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS, BASED HOWEVER NOT ON SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE, BUT ON STRANGE EVENTS AT THE HEALING CENTER. MANY OF YOU ARE PERHAPS AWARE OF THIS. THE MINISTRY RECEIVED DISASTER MESSAGES AFTER ONDOY, ONE OF THE DEADLIEST TYPHOON IN PHILIPPINE HISTORY. CLICK THE RED LINK BELOW FOR MORE HISTORY –
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THE PANIC SYNDROME
IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE AWARE OF WHAT IS CALLED “THE PANIC SYNDROME”. THE PANIC SYNDROME IS A STRANGE HUMAN WEAKNESS WHEREIN REPEATED WARNINGS ARE NORMALLY REPEATEDLY IGNORED IN SPITE OF MOUNTING EVIDENCE UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE. PANIC IS OFTEN TOO LATE.
THERE ARE THREE STATES OF MIND IN REACTING TO WARNINGS – INDIFFERENCE, PLANNING, PANIC, WHICH HAVE OVERLAPPING GRAY AREAS IN VARYING DEGREES PER PERSON. SOME ARE PRONE TO INDIFFERENCE, OTHERS TO ACTION, MANY TO PANIC.
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EVENTS CAN CHANGE PEOPLE’S REACTION. REMEMBER THE STORY OF THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF. AFTER REPEATED FALSE WARNINGS, PEOPLE SHIFTED FROM BEING PROACTIVE TO BEING INDIFFERENT, UNTIL THE WOLF FINALLY CAME.
THROUGHOUT HISTORY, THE PANIC SYNDROME DECIDED THE FATE OF PEOPLE AND NATIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, FOR MANY YEARS, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IGNORED MOUNTING INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION THAT JAPAN WOULD BOMB PEARL HARBOR. THE ARMED FORCES CONSIDERED IT A ‘RIDICULOUS’ NOTION. THE RESULT – DESTRUCTION OF AN ENTIRE FLEET, SETTING BACK AMERICAN WAR PREPAREDNESS IN THE PACIFIC BY MANY YEARS. THE RESULT – QUICK JAPANESE VICTORIES IN THE ENTIRE PACIFIC AS FAR AS AUSTRALIA IN A MATTER OF MONTHS.
THE WORD ‘RIDICULOUS’ PLAYS AN IMPORTANT PART IN THE PANIC SYNDROME. WRONG PERCEPTION IS NORMALLY BASED ON BIAS, LACK OF INFORMATION, OR SIMPLY ARROGANCE THAT ‘THEY WOULD NOT DARE’.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS 911. FOR MONTHS, THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE PENTAGON WERE BOMBARDED WITH WARNINGS BASED ON RELIABLE INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION THAT THERE WOULD BE A SECOND ATTEMPT ON THE TWIN TOWERS. AGAIN, HISTORY REPEATED ITSELF. THE WARNINGS WERE IGNORED. EVERYBODY WAS BUSY WITH SOMETHING ELSE. THERE WAS SIMPLY LACK OF PRIORITIES.
HITLER WAS WARNED NOT TO COMMIT THE BLUNDER OF NAPOLEON BONAPARTE OF HAVING A “WAR ON TWO FRONTS” – AGAINST EUROPE IN THE EAST AND AGAINST RUSSIA IN THE WEST. FULLY AWARE, HITLER COMMITTED THE SAME BLUNDER. THE DEADLY RUSSIAN WINTER WAS THE COUP DE GRACE AGAINST THE ELITE FORCES OF BOTH NAPOLEON AND HITLER. THE CULPRIT WAS OVER-CONFIDENCE, HITLER’S FEELING OF INVINCIBILITY AFTER QUICK UNSTOPPABLE INVASIONS OF ONE COUNTRY AFTER ANOTHER.
IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION OF THE 1930s, PRESIDENT HOOVER WAS WARNED BY HIS FINANCIAL ADVISERS THAT A FINANCIAL STORM WAS POSSIBLE. HE IGNORED IT. THE RESULT – BANKS WERE NOT PREPARED TO DEAL WITH THE SUDDEN RAPID DISAPPEARANCE OF MONEY AND CREDIT. THE RESULT – PANIC IN THE STOCK MARKET YIELDING MASSIVE LOSSES, UNEMPLOYMENT OF 25%, 4,000 BANKS CLOSED. ALL TYPES OF RESCUES AND REFORMS FAILED. IT WAS THE MASSIVE SPENDING FOR WORLD WAR II THAT FINALLY SAVED THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. IRONICALLY, BULLETS BROUGHT IN BREAD. A NEW AMERICAN MINDSET THAT PERSISTS TODAY EMERGED THAT WAR WILL SAVE THE ECONOMY.
YOU WILL NOTE THAT THE PANIC SYNDROME, THIS INDIFFERENCE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE, IS BASED ON MANY FACTORS – IGNORANCE, ARROGANCE, OVERCONFIDENCE, WRONG PRIORITIES, UN-PREPAREDNESS. SO THE SOLUTION IS THE OPPOSITE – COMPLETE AND RELIABLE INFORMATION, HUMILITY TO TEMPER OVERCONFIDENCE, RE-EVALUATION OF PRIORITIES, AND FINALLY, THE KEY WORD, PREPAREDNESS.
ONE OF THE MOST DRAMATIC EXAMPLES OF THE PANIC SYNDROME IS THE DISASTER MESSAGES OF THE THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA. FOR 80 LONG YEARS FROM THE NINETEEN TWENTIES TO THE START OF THE NEW CENTURY, MANY POPES DID NOT REVEAL IT IN FEAR OF TRIGGERING PANIC – A MAN-MADE WEAPON THAT COULD DESTROY THE ENTIRE EARTH, PEOPLE WISHING THEY WERE DEAD, GLOBAL DISASTERS OF ALL TYPES (THIS WOULD REFER TO EARTHQUAKES, FLOODS, FAMINE, EPIDEMICS, ETC.). IT WAS A CHILLING MODERN-DAY APOCLYPTIC MESSAGE. WHEN IT WAS FINALLY REVEALED, THE MESSAGE WAS SIMPLY IGNORED OR CONSIDERED RIDICULOUS, THE PANIC SYNDROME PAR EXCELLENCE.
THE PANIC SYNDROME THRIVES IN US WELL TODAY. THERE ARE ALL TYPES OF WARNINGS, YET MANY HAVE NO AWARENESS OR PREPAREDNESS.
THE MINISTRY WILL SOON PUBLISH A YOUTUBE VERSION OF THIS ARTICLE WITH RARE FOOTAGE ON THE GRIM EFFECTS OF PAST TSUNAMIS TO JOLT PEOPLE INTO PREPAREDNESS, THE KEY SOLUTION TO THE PANIC SYNDROME. FOR NOW, THE MINISTRY IS ISSUING THIS BRIEF DISASTER-PREPAREDNESS PRIMER’.
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DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PRIMER
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SPIRITUAL PREPAREDNESS
Spiritual preparedness consists simply of CONSTANT PRAYERS in atonement for sins. IF SIN CAUSES DISASTERS, PRAYERS AVERT THEM. DISASTERS ARE ‘NEGOTIABLE’. Our returning to the Lord makes Him delay or cancel punishment for sins.
Prayers must be complemented by goodworks – helping others, kindness, forgiveness, sharing, control of temper. A hundred Hail Mary’s can be negated by a single unjust act, even a small one, like being unkind to an erring housemaid.
During an earthquake, say a quick Hail Mary to request for safety.
PHYSICAL PREPAREDNESS
Individual or household level (earthquake) –
1
identify safe areas or where to run quickly when earthquake is sensed; have a signal system for all, especially children, in the house to react quickly;
2
identify danger areas or what to avoid when earthquake occurs;
3
read or search in the Internet preparedness materials from PHIVOLCS and other disaster agencies;
4
based on data from PHIVOLCS and other agencies, educate everyone in the house on simplified steps what to do when earthquake occurs;
5
tell everyone to keep calm; panic destroys your ability to react well and quickly;
6
when the earthquake has subsided, put off the electrical general switch temporarily to avoid fires;
7
assess the situation of your neighbors and immediate vicinity to help others who may be trapped;
8
charge cellphones as soon as power is restored for future emergency communication purposes.
Individual or household level (tsunami) –
1
get regular weather and tsunami updates from radio, television or newspapers; tsunami warnings normally include the amount of time geographic areas have before being hit; find out how much time you have and react accordingly;
2
even without warning, the sign of a tsunami is the sudden and rapid receding of seawater if you are on a beach, even exposing coral reefs;
3
as a proactive plan, some from tsunami-affected places have started placing a canoe at their house even though they are one kilometer from shore;
4
evacuate to high grounds quickly; being far away from a beach is not an assurance of safety; tsunamis were recorded to reach 4 kilometers inland; do not carry heavy things to slow you down; you may have little time;
5
other critical tsunami data – the worst recorded is speeds of up to 15 kilometers per minute, 35 to 50 meters waves; up to 30% of casualties were children;
6
slow shallow waves are not an assurance of safety; it is normally the accompanying dense debris that drowns and kills people;
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if you survive a tsunami, immediately search for people you can rescue; organize village rescue teams; have a post-tsunami plan beforehand;
Institution or organization level (earthquake) –
1
ask PHIVOLCS and other disaster agencies for education materials, especially on earthquake, tsunami, eruption, flood preparedness or go to their websites; request them to conduct workshops for you;
2
study and adopt the preparedness plans of countries which have placed priority on earthquakes, such as Japan;
3
plan and conduct a disaster preparedness information-education-
communications (IEC) campaign based on the data and workshops of PHIVOLCS and other agencies;
4
employ or train people to be disaster preparedness specialists;
5
commission these specialists to produce and distribute IEC materials such as flyers, brochures, powerpoint and video presentations; incorporate basic technical aspects, such as danger or alert levels, what to do before, during and after an earthquake;
6
conduct drills in corporate offices, schools and any location where there are many organized people;
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Anton worked for the biggest multinational company in the Philippines for 12+ years, straight out of college, before becoming a full-time Online Entrepreneur. He was the Chief Information Officer of Procter & Gamble Philippines when he finally quit his day job and decided to take his blog, Our Awesome Planet, to the next level in 2008. OurAwesomePlanet.com, which he started in 2005, is the number #1 food and travel media in the Philippines with over 500,000+ followers and thousands of readers, and is still organically growing. His advocacy is to promote the “Food and Travel Secrets in the Philippines” and to inspire Filipinos that living in the Philippines is truly awesome! He was recognized as Go Negosyo's Inspiring Young Filipino Entrepreneur Award in 2010. He was featured in Go Negosyo's 7th book: "Go Negosyo's 50 Inspiring Stories of Young Entrepreneurs" in 2011. In 2015, Anton Diaz received the first Tourism Star Award for media by the Department of Tourism for his valuable contribution in promoting Philippine cuisine and destinations through his blog Our Awesome Planet thereby encouraging tourists to visit and taste the best in what the Philippines has to offer. Our Awesome Planet is recognized as one of the Top 50 Travel Blogs in the world!

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