Dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness or Emer­gency Man­age­ment

Panay News - - LOCALE - By Mila P. Bautista,  MT-1, Capiz Na­tional High School

IN THE past and re­cent years, the coun­try has ex­pe­ri­enced calami­ties that brought ter­ror to ev­ery­one. Like the su­per typhoon “Yolanda,” which is con­sid­ered by many as the strong­est and worst nat­u­ral calamity ever to hap­pen in the coun­try. The said typhoon claimed thou­sands of lives, giv­ing peo­ple their worst night­mares by leav­ing thou­sands home­less and eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged.

There are so many calami­ties to men­tion, but then were these not enough for us to be urged to take ac­tions in or­der to pre­vent and re­spond to these calami­ties bet­ter in the fu­ture? One thing is for sure, nat­u­ral calami­ties like ty­phoons are here with us to stay.

Dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness or emer­gency man­age­ment is the dis­ci­pline of deal­ing with and avoid­ing risks. It is a dis­ci­pline that in­volves pre­par­ing for a dis­as­ter be­fore it oc­curs. Truly, every in­di­vid­ual wants his fam­ily safe from dis­as­ter risks and this could hap­pen by ex­e­cut­ing safety and pre­ven­tive mea­sures.

Dis­as­ter aware­ness is some­thing that Filipinos must take cog­nizance of. There must be no room for pas­siv­ity or neg­li­gence. Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment has been very few as ob­jec­tives of de­vel­op­ment pro­grams. Tra­di­tion­ally, dis­as­ter risks have not been a pri­or­ity on the de­vel­op­ment agenda that is why we rush to ac­tions –when­ever a calamity ar­rives. We do not know that de­vel­op­ment plan­swere trag­i­cally in­ter­rupted by dis­as­ter sand brought ad­di­tional dif­fi­cul­ties. But now is the right time to change, we must “wake up” now and be part of pre­par­ing, sup­port­ing and re­build­ing our so­ci­ety.

School plays a very im­por­tant role in pre­par­ing

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