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Be Careful When You Leave Your House

Just today, my FIL informed me that a house a street away from us almost got burglarized. One of the family members had

gotten into the car and left the house.

The maid was still closing the gate when a thief ran inside.

The quick thinking maid was luckily able to let their angry Doberman loose on the thief.

The thief panicked at seeing a rabidly angry dog, and decided to jump over the gate in an effort to escape.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t as lucky and fell on his head.

So, now the owners of the house are not only shaken, but I’m sure very upset that that the would-be thief turned into a ghost

just outside the gate.

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Pyrex Glassware Safety Instructions

Please check out safety instructions from Pyrex.

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Testing Pyrex: Experts Weigh In

This is part 2 of the article on Pyrex and how experts tested it. No, I’m not about to throw my pyrex dishes out of the kitchen just yet. But this article basically stresses how important it is for us to follow the care and handling instructions on pyrex dishes and to be more careful in using it.

For those who have yayas and helpers at home, do inform them about do’s and don’ts when using Pyrex glass bakeware (see instructions on your bakeware). The last thing we want are accidents at home that could have been prevented in the first place.

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A Problem with Pyrex ?

I’m attaching this interesting article I came across. Make sure that you don’t expose your Pyrex oven dishes to extreme temperature changes- remember that Pyrex is still glass no matter how good the quality.

A Problem With Pyrex? Experts We Consulted Say Yes
Pam Zekman

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Serious Vaccine Reactions now to be called Coincidence?

Here’s an interesting article from Dr. Mercola on vaccines:

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Beware of this Helper #2

Emailed to me by a friend of a friend:

Marianne beware of this helper 2

Our house was robbed yesterday before lunch, all of our jewelries, some clothes, bags, my daughter’s rechargeable light with fan and radio, digital camera, cash, credit card, cellphone, two bags of clothes for undoy victims and Samsung flat t.v. were taken.

The person responsible for this is our daughter’s nanny, witness told me and the police that there was a blue green Honda CRV parked at our house, she was seen with two men, one tall and one heavy built wearing a beige baseball cap, this took place while me & my wife were at our workplace, only my mom and our 2 year old daughter were present at our house during the robbery.

Thank God they were not harmed or taken, to think we live in a very strict and secure village, these people are highly organized and have access to different villages.

Im sending you guys this message and picture so that u can avoid harm and possibly prevent this from happening again or be of help to the authorities to be able to arrest her and her accomplices, we know her as Marriane Bollongay (picture attached)

We recruited her from IVYLANA Manpower Services or ILMS located at 48 B Kamias Road, West Kamias, Q.C.

Thank you!


San Juan Police 724-25-15

*She may have your phone number because it is stored in the cellphone they took.


Beware of this Helper

joan gindoy

This was sent to me by a friend of a friend.

JOAN GINDOY, 20 yrs old, from Dipolog. She was in my employment and was caught red-handed with theft. She plans to head back to manila for employment again. Beware of the people you entrust your children and property.
By:Peachy Mathay

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Informed Consent Info from H1N1 vaccine package insert Flu Mist

I came across this very interesting article shared by Labvirus on Flu mist H1N1 vaccine.

Informed consent info from package insert H1N1 vaccine – please read – not what we heard on the news!!!

This so-called “safe and secure” vaccine is definitely NOT. No one should take it.
Please read the following excerpts from the package insert for the H1N1
vaccine (delivery – flu-mist) and then, read the insert itself. I have
referenced the sections the excerpts were taken from for your convenience.
The insert is a PDF file on the FDA website. REMEMBER VACCINE IS

EXPERIMENTAL and NOT FDA approved for individuals over 50 years old (see

Package insert for H1N1 vaccine:

Do NOT give to Children less than 24 months old

5.1 Risks in Children <24 Months of Age

DO NOT give to people with asthma – has not been studied in individuals with
severe asthma!

5.2 Asthma/Recurrent Wheezing
Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine Live, Intranasal or FluMist
should not be administered to any individuals with asthma or children < 5
years of age with recurrent wheezing because of the potential for increased
risk of wheezing post vaccination unless the potential benefit outweighs the
potential risk.

Do not administer Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine Live,
Intranasal or FluMist to individuals with severe asthma or active wheezing
because these individuals have not been studied in clinical trials.
DO NOT GIVE TO Immune challenged (was studied in 57 people who were HIV
positive but they say not enough data to justify administering in this

5.4 Altered Immunocompetence
Administration of Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine Live,
Intranasal, or FluMist live virus vaccine, to immunocompromised persons
should be based on careful consideration of potential benefits and risks.
Although FluMist was studied in 57 asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic adults
with HIV infection [see Clinical Studies (14.3)], data supporting the safety
and effectiveness of FluMist administration in immunocompromised individuals
are limited.
"May not protect all individuals receiving the vaccine"

5.7 Limitations of Vaccine Effectiveness
Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine Live, Intranasal may not protect
all individuals receiving the vaccine.
Later, they admitted the vaccine had not been evaluated for effectiveness
(way down in the document!) Different story from what we have read on the
news, right?
Clinical trials – adverse reactions:

6.1 Adverse Reactions in Clinical Trials
Increased hospitalizations in children receiving "flu mist"
Most hospitalizations observed were gastrointestinal and respiratory tract
infections and occurred more than 6 weeks post vaccination. In post hoc
analysis, rates of hospitalization in children 6-11 months of age (n = 1376)
were 6.1% in FluMist recipients and 2.6% in active control recipients.
Adverse reactions in adults: (same section as above)
In adults 18-49 years of age in Study AV009, summary of solicited adverse
events occurring in at least 1% of FluMist recipients and at a higher rate
compared to placebo include runny nose (44% FluMist vs. 27% placebo),
headache (40% FluMist vs. 38% placebo), sore throat (28% FluMist vs. 17%
placebo), tiredness/weakness (26% FluMist vs. 22% placebo), muscle aches
(17% FluMist vs. 15% placebo), cough (14% FluMist vs. 11% placebo), and
chills (9% FluMist vs. 6% placebo).

In addition to the solicited events, other adverse reactions from Study
AV009 occurring in at least 1% of FluMist recipients and at a higher rate
compared to placebo were: nasal congestion (9% FluMist vs. 2% placebo) and
sinusitis (4% FluMist vs. 2% placebo).
Post marketing experience: adverse reactions i.e. these are side effects of
the vaccine noticed after they started marketing the vaccine!

6.2 Postmarketing Experience
Congenital, familial and genetic disorder: Exacerbation of symptoms of
mitochondrial encephalomyopathy (Leigh syndrome).
Gastrointestinal disorders: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Immune system disorders: Hypersensitivity reactions (including anaphylactic
reaction, facial edema and urticaria)

Nervous system disorders: Guillain-Barré syndrome, Bell’s Palsy
Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders: Epistaxis
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Rash
This vaccine is NOT approved for people, over 50 years old:

8.5 Geriatric Use
Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine Live, Intranasal is not approved
for use in individuals .65 years of age. Subjects with underlying high-risk
medical conditions (n=200) were studied for safety. Compared to controls,
FluMist recipients had a higher rate of sore throat.

8.6 Use in Individuals 50-64 Years of Age

Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine Live, Intranasal is not approved
for use in individuals 50-64 years of age. In Study AV009, effectiveness of
FluMist was not demonstrated in individuals 50-64 years of age (n=641).
Solicited adverse events were similar in type and frequency to those
reported in younger adults.
They don't really understand HOW it works: (and how well it works)

12.1 Mechanism of Action
Immune mechanisms conferring protection against influenza following receipt
of FluMist vaccine are not fully understood. Likewise, naturally acquired
immunity to wild-type influenza has not been completely elucidated. Serum
antibodies, mucosal antibodies and influenza-specific T cells may play a
role in prevention and recovery from infection.
They don't know if this vaccine will cause infertility or cancer:

13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility
Neither Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine Live, Intranasal nor
FluMist have been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential or
potential to impair fertility.

This vaccine has not been found effective in people over 50 years old. In a
subgroup of adults, 18-49, the vaccine reduced illness with fever from 10
percent to 23 percent. This was a study in non high risk adults i.e. adults
with no other medical conditions.
14.2 Study in Adults

Effectiveness for any of the three endpoints was not demonstrated in a
subgroup of adults 50-64 years of age. Primary and secondary effectiveness
endpoints from the age group 18-49 years of age are presented in Table 5.
While in a double blind study (57 in experimental group) of adults with HIV,
the vaccine did not cause any worsening of their condition, they did not
know whether or not it was effective in proventing the swine flu:

14.3 Study in Adults with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection
Safety and shedding of vaccine virus following FluMist administration were
evaluated in 57 HIV-infected [median CD4 cell count of 541 cells/mm3] and 54
HIV-negative adults 18-58 years of age in a randomized, double-blind,
placebo controlled trial using the frozen formulation. No serious adverse
events were reported during the one-month follow-up period. Vaccine strain
(type B) virus was detected in 1 of 28 HIV-infected subjects on Day 5 only
and none of the HIV-negative FluMist recipients. No adverse effects on HIV
viral load or CD4 counts were identified following FluMist. The
effectiveness of FluMist in preventing influenza illness in HIV-infected
individuals has not been evaluated.
Medical providers were told that they can receive the shot and immediately
go back to their patients without worrying about transmitting the viruses to
their patients. But that's NOT what the package insert says… on the
contrary, they DO NOT KNOW whether or not these viruses can be transmitted:

14.5 Transmission Study
FluMist contains live attenuated influenza viruses that must infect and
replicate in cells lining the nasopharynx of the recipient to induce
immunity. Vaccine viruses capable of infection and replication can be
cultured from nasal secretions obtained from vaccine recipients. The
relationship of viral replication in a vaccine recipient and transmission of
vaccine viruses to other individuals has not been established.
Although the PDF distributed to medical providers (containing a bunch of
myths about the safety and efficacy of this vaccine) never mentioned this,
look what *I* found on the LAST PAGE of the package insert information…
That is, the package insert says on the last page that your provider of the
vaccine should let you know ALL OF THE ABOVE BEFORE you consent to take the

Vaccine recipients or their parents/guardians should be informed by the
health care provider of the potential benefits and risks of Influenza A
(H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine Live, Intranasal, and should be advised that
there are two influenza vaccine formulations for this influenza season, the
monovalent vaccine against disease caused by pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus and
seasonal trivalent influenza vaccine.
Convenient URL to share to read this package insert which is on the FDA


Read this before giving your child Swine Flu Vaccine !

iI just wanted to share this to all concerned parents re: swine flu vaccine, this is an article from Dr. Mercola’s website.

Do NOT Let Your Child Get Flu Vaccine — 9 Reasons Why
Posted by: Dr. Mercola

This year it is more important that you protect your children and loved ones from the flu vaccines than influenza itself.

In his article published on, Bill Sardi details 18 reasons why you should not vaccinate your children against the flu this season. Here are nine of them:


The swine flu is simply another flu. It is not unusually deadly.

This is the first time both seasonal and pandemic flu vaccines will be administered. Both seasonal flu and swine flu vaccines will require two inoculations. This is because single inoculations have failed to produce sufficient antibodies. This is an admission that prior flu vaccines were virtually useless. Can you trust them this time?

Adjuvants are added to vaccines to boost production of antibodies but may trigger autoimmune reactions. Some adjuvants are mercury (thimerosal), aluminum and squalene. Why would you sign a consent form for your children to be injected with mercury, which is even more brain-toxic than lead?

This is the first year mock vaccines have been used to gain FDA approval. The vaccines that have been tested are not the same vaccines your children will be given.

Over-vaccination is a common practice now in America. American children are subjected to 29 vaccines by the age of two. Meanwhile, veterinarians have backed off of repeat vaccination in dogs because of observed side effects.

Modern medicine has no explanation for autism, despite its continued rise in prevalence. Yet autism is not reported among Amish children who go unvaccinated.

Researchers are warning that over-use of the flu vaccine and anti-flu drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza can apply genetic pressure on flu viruses and then they are more likely to mutate into a more deadly strain.

Most seasonal influenza A (H1N1) virus strains tested from the United States and other countries are now resistant to Tamiflu (oseltamivir). Tamiflu has become a nearly worthless drug against seasonal flu.
9. Public health officials are irresponsible in their omission of any ways to strengthen immunity against the flu. No options outside of problematic vaccines and anti-flu drugs are offered, despite the fact there is strong evidence that vitamins C and D activate the immune system and the trace mineral selenium prevents the worst form of the disease.

For even more reasons — 18 in all — please review the full article on

Sources: September 16, 2009

Living Wisdom E-Newsletter, September 2009

New York Times September 18, 2009

Dr. Mercola’s comments:

According to a recent New York Times article, more than three million doses of swine flu vaccine will be available in the U.S. by this week. I just returned from the 4th International Vaccine Conference with NVIC in Washington D.C. this past weekend and many people there told me that they were already administering the vaccine in their state. I hope to provide important updates from that conference in the upcoming weeks, as there were some outstanding speakers.

I also learned at the conference from Dr. Vickie Diebold who is the consumer representative on the federal vaccine panel, that the CDC has budgeted over 12 million dollars to BLAST kids this fall on TV with characters such as Elmo from Sesame Street to propagandize them to be afraid of the swine flu and make sure that they get their vaccine. This is over 50% of the total amount ($21 million) they have budgeted to determine if the vaccine is even safe.

Twelve MILLION dollars confiscated from US taxpayers to brainwash the public and manipulate the truth. What a major perversion of the liberties that many of the founding fathers of the US gave their lives for.

Rest assured that there’s plenty of confusion and misdirection when it comes to flu vaccinations this year. And, as you can tell from the list above, you have every reason to question the validity of the information you’re given by government health authorities about the swine flu vaccine.

Fortunately, even conventional doctors and infectious disease experts are starting to speak out and take a stand against the current recommendations. In the video above, infectious disease expert Dr. Kent Holtorf goes on the record stating that neither he nor his children will take the swine flu shot, because the health risks are simply too high.

Confusion and Irrational Conclusions Reign

First of all, nearly all of the swine flu vaccines that will be made available in October will be a nasal spray type that contains live virus’, which is not recommended for pregnant women, people over 50, or those with asthma, heart disease or several other health problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The nasal spray causes a much greater immune reaction, and since it contains live virus’ they may multiply too quickly if your immune system is already compromised.

The injectable vaccine will supposedly contain only killed and fragmented virus components, but in order to “make it more effective” it also contains adjuvants; ingredients designed to cause a greater immune reaction by lowering your immune function.

Some of these adjuvants, such as squalene, have already been shown to carry considerable health risks. Thimerosal, a preservative, is also being added to the non attenuated vaccines.

While I’m glad the CDC offers some warning about the FluMist vaccine, what about the fact that none of the coming vaccines have undergone any form of safety testing? Some media reports have stated vaccines will be approved following a five-day safety review. What safety data could possibly be gleaned in a matter of five days?

And what about the possibility that people who have received seasonal flu vaccines may be twice as susceptible to contracting the swine flu?

Health officials everywhere are now recommending each man, woman and child get as many as four flu shots this season; two doses for the swine flu, and one or two doses for the seasonal flu, depending on whether you’ve ever had a flu shot before.

Is it really prudent to mass-administer an untested swine flu vaccine along with a seasonal flu vaccine that may increase your chances of contracting the swine flu?

And, last but certainly not least, while the number of swine flu cases is increasing, the severity of the flu is decreasing, with many doctors and health experts stating it’s actually turning out to be a much MILDER version than your average seasonal flu.

So where is the logic in this season’s vaccine campaign?

Evidence-Based Science Swept Under the Rug

The fact of the matter is that there are mountains of peer-reviewed papers demonstrating that the very basis of vaccine theory is wrong — and provably so.

Evidence-based science shows, again and again, that when it comes to preventing infectious diseases, antibodies on their own cannot, and do not, equal immunity.

For example, years of scientific research, assembled by researcher Judy Wilyman, have demonstrated how ineffective the whooping cough vaccination really is, and why it is nothing short of madness to continue to claim that whooping cough vaccination will lead to a decline in this disease.

Another example is the PhD thesis of a researcher from Tasmania named Arlette Mercae. Her thesis is an in-depth look at the way in which assumptions made about vaccine-induced immunity have led to a vaccination policy that is not based in science, ignores research that disagrees with the accepted premise that vaccines induce immunity, and, by pushing ahead with more and more vaccines, may be doing untold damage to the human race.

In a world where science-based evidence supposedly rules the roost, the vaccine industry has managed to turn scientific evidence on its ear and indoctrinated the entire health care system, and the general public, into believing a lie based on flawed assumptions.

It’s time to wake up from our advertisement-induced collective slumber and begin to review the folklore of conventional vaccine recommendations with a more critical eye.

And, we need to do it fast, because even though the swine flu vaccine is still optional, there are disturbing indications that a mandatory vaccination policy is brewing.

As reported in the Living Wisdom newsletter, some of the recent events that point toward the possibility of mandated vaccinations include:


The State of Massachusetts had passed legislation that would fine citizens $1,000 a day, or up to 30 days in jail for each day they refuse to take the swine flu vaccine if the swine flu is deemed a public health emergency. (However, that law changed when they allowed a philosophical exemption – so now all they have to do is say they don’t want it.)

France may be introducing compulsory vaccination against swine flu after the 28th of September, and secure vaccination facilities are being set up in every region to be used as vaccination centers with no exemptions available.

Greece has announced that it is considering the introduction of compulsory vaccination for the swine flu vaccine.

Why Did Baxter Patent Hybrid Flu Vaccine a Year Ahead of Outbreak?

Interestingly, despite the fact that health authorities around the world were “shocked” at the emergence of this never-before-seen hybrid flu strain, Baxter had patented a flu vaccine covering these now infamous strains on August 28, 2008.

Baxter’s patent # US20090060950A1 includes “more than one antigen… such as influenza A and influenza B in particular selected from of one or more of the human H1N1, H2N2, H3N2, H5N1, H7N7, H1N2, H9N2, H7N2, H7N3, H10N7 subtypes, of the pig flu H1N1, H1N2, H3N1 and H3N2 subtypes, of the dog or horse flu H7N7, H3N8 subtypes, or of the avian H5N1, H7N2, H1N7, H7N3, H13N6, H5N9, H11N6, H3N8, H9N2, H5N2, H4N8, H10N7, H2N2, H8N4, H14N5, H6N5, H12N5 subtypes.”

As you may recall, the first swine flu case in Mexico didn’t emerge until mid-March, 2009, and the mixture of human-avian-swine viruses was considered to be quite an anomaly and not likely to occur through natural mutation…

Three months later, Austrian investigative journalist Jane Burgermeister filed criminal charges against Baxter AG and Avir Green Hills Biotechnology of Austria for producing and releasing live bird flu virus’, alleging it was a deliberate act to cause and profit from a pandemic.

She also filed criminal charges with the FBI against the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations (UN), and several of the highest ranking government and corporate officials, charging them with bioterrorism and attempts to commit genocide.

For the latest updates on her legal action, you can read her personal blog or look at her most recent video.

Reminder: How to Protect Yourself without Dangerous Drugs and Vaccinations

There will always be threats of flu pandemics, real or created, and potentially toxic vaccines will continue to be peddled as the solution until enough people realize there’s a better, safer, saner way.

You can break free of the drug-solution trap right now by following these natural health principles. I have not caught a flu in over two decades, and you can avoid it too, without getting vaccinated, by following these simple guidelines, which will keep your immune system in optimal working order so that you’re far less likely to acquire the infection to begin with.


Optimize your vitamin D levels. As I’ve previously reported, optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best strategies for avoiding infections of ALL kinds, and vitamin D deficiency is likely the TRUE culprit behind the seasonality of the flu — not the flu virus itself.

This is probably the single most important and least expensive action you can take.

I would STRONGLY urge you to have your vitamin D level monitored to confirm your levels are at a therapeutic level, which is between 50-65 ng/ml. I also recommend using a reliable vitamin D lab like Lab Corp, if you’re in the U.S. Sometime this fall, we hope to launch a vitamin D testing service through Lab Corp that will allow you to have your vitamin D levels checked at your local blood drawing facility, and relatively inexpensively.

If you are coming down with flu like symptoms and have not been on vitamin D you can take doses of 50,000 units a day for three days to treat the acute infection. Some researchers like Dr. Cannell, believe the dose could even be as high as 1,000 units per pound of body weight for three days.

However, most of Dr. Cannell’s work was with seasonal and not pandemic flu. If your body has never been exposed to the antigens there is chance that the vitamin D might not work. However the best bet is to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D around 60 ng/ml.

Avoid sugar and processed foods. Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately, and as you likely know, a strong immune system is key to fighting off viruses and other illness. Be aware that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup and fruit juice.

Get enough rest. Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you’re tired, if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu. Be sure to check out my article Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep for some great tips to help you get quality rest.

Have effective tools to address your stress. We all face some stress every day, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the flu and other illness.

If you feel that stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using an energy psychology tool such as Meridian Tapping Techniques, which is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma.

Exercise. When you exercise, you increase your circulation and your blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads. You can review my exercise guidelines for some great tips on how to get started.

Take a good source of animal based omega-3 fats like krill oil. Increase your intake of healthy and essential fats like the omega-3 found in krill oil, which is crucial for maintaining health. It is also vitally important to avoid damaged omega-6 oils like trans fats found in most processed foods, as it will seriously damage your immune response.

Wash your hands. Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Be sure you don’t use antibacterial soap for this — antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary, and they cause far more harm than good. Instead, identify a simple chemical-free soap that you can switch your family to.

Eat garlic regularly. Garlic works like a broad-spectrum antibiotic against bacteria, virus, and protozoa in the body. And unlike with antibiotics, no resistance can be built up so it is an absolutely safe product to use. However, if you are allergic or don’t enjoy garlic it would be best to avoid as it will likely cause more harm than good.

Avoid hospitals and vaccines. In this particular case, I’d also recommend you stay away from hospitals unless you’re having an emergency, as hospitals are prime breeding grounds for infections of all kinds, and could be one of the likeliest places you could be exposed to flu bugs of all kinds.

As a side note, please beware that 21 different pediatric Tylenol products have been recently recalled due to the possibility of bacterial contamination. So, if your child comes down with cold or flu symptoms, make sure you do not give him or her a potentially contaminated product.

Better yet, help your child recover using more traditional cold and flu remedies, such as, hydrogen peroxide solution in the ear, zinc lozenges, high quality raw honey, or a homemade cough syrup. For more information and instructions, please see this previous article: Is Honey More Effective Than Cough Medicine?

Last but not least, if you do end up being coerced to take the swine flu shot, I strongly recommend you review Dr. Blaylock’s recommendations, which may alleviate some of the associated health risks.

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Typhoon Safety Checklist

Some tips on typhoon safety as shared by a good friend:

typhoon safety checklist

Key Facts About Flood Readiness

Preparing for a Flood

Here are some basic steps to take to prepare for the storm:

* Contact the local county geologist or county planning department to find out if your home is located in a flash-flood-prone area or landslide-prone area.
* Learn about your community’s emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters.
* Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your family. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to be the “family contact” in case your family is separated during a flood. Make sure everyone in your family knows the name, address, and phone number of this contact person.
* Post emergency phone numbers at every phone.
* Inform local authorities about any special needs, i.e., elderly or bedridden people, or anyone with a disability.
* Identify potential home hazards and know how to secure or protect them before the flood strikes. Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water, fallen power lines, or before you evacuation. Turn off gas and water supplies before you evacuate. Secure structurally unstable building materials.
* Buy a fire extinguisher and make sure your family knows where it is and how to use it.
* Buy and install sump pumps with back-up power.
* Have a licensed electrician raise electric components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers and wiring) at least 12″ above your home’s projected flood elevation.
* For drains, toilets, and other sewer connections, install backflow valves or plugs to prevent floodwaters from entering.
* Anchor fuel tanks which can contaminate your basement if torn free. An unanchored tank outside can be swept downstream and damage other houses.

If you are under a flood watch or warning:

* Gather the emergency supplies you previously stocked in your home and stay tuned to local radio or television station for updates.
* Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if evacuation appears necessary.
* Have your immunization records handy or be aware of your last tetanus shot, in case you should receive a puncture wound or a wound becomes contaminated during or after the flood.
* Fill bathtubs, sinks and plastic soda bottles with clean water. Sanitize the sinks and tubs first by using bleach. Rinse and fill with clean water.
* Bring outdoor possessions, such as lawn furniture, grills and trash cans inside or tie them down securely.

Emergency Supplies You Will Need

You should stock your home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period. At a minimum, these supplies should include:

1. Several clean containers for water, large enough for a 3-5 day supply of water (about five gallons for each person).
2. A 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food and a non-electric can opener.
3. A first aid kit and manual and prescription medicines and special medical needs.
4. A battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries.
5. Sleeping bags or extra blankets.
6. Water-purifying supplies, such as chlorine or iodine tablets or unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach.
7. Baby food and/or prepared formula, diapers, and other baby supplies.
8. Disposable cleaning cloths, such as “baby wipes” for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities are not available.
9. Personal hygiene supplies, such as soap, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, etc.
10. An emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.
11. Rubber boots, sturdy shoes, and waterproof gloves.
12. Insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin, screens, or long-sleeved and long-legged clothing for protection from mosquitoes which may gather in pooled water remaining after the flood.

Preparing to Evacuate

Expect the need to evacuate and prepare for it. When a flood watch is issued, you should:

* Fill your vehicle’s gas tank and make sure the emergency kit for your car is ready.
* If no vehicle is available, make arrangements with friends or family for transportation.
* Identify essential documents such as medical records, insurance card along with ID cards and put in water prove material to carry with you during evacuation.
* Fill your clean water containers.
* If you have pet, identify a shelter designated for pets.
* Review your emergency plans and supplies, checking to see if any items are missing.
* Tune in the radio or television for weather updates.
* Listen for disaster sirens and warning signals.
* Put livestock and family pets in a safe area. Due to food and sanitation requirements, emergency shelters cannot accept animals.
* Adjust the thermostat on refrigerators and freezers to the coolest possible temperature.

If You Are Ordered to Evacuate

You should never ignore an evacuation order. Authorities will direct you to leave if you are in a low-lying area, or within the greatest potential path of the rising waters. If a flood warning is issued for your area or you are directed by authorities to evacuate the area:

* Take only essential items with you.
* If you have time, turn off the gas, electricity, and water.
* Disconnect appliances to prevent electrical shock when power is restored.
* Follow the designated evacuation routes and expect heavy traffic.
* Do not attempt to drive or walk across creeks or flooded roads.

If You Are Ordered NOT to Evacuate

To get through the storm in the safest possible manner:

* Monitor the radio or television for weather updates.
* Prepare to evacuate to a shelter or to a neighbor’s home if your home is damaged, or if you are instructed to do so by emergency personnel.

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