Haiyan wrought havoc throughout the Philippines when
the storm began to gather steam on November 2, 2013. The storm quickly
expanded to well over 500 miles with sustained winds nearing 200 mph
and even higher gusts. The hurricane ripped through Albay
province just recently as unprecedented winds tore off roofs
and waves reached as high as 40 feet in some areas. Nearly 10,000
people are feared dead.
The Philippines put into place a National Disaster Risk Reduction
and Management Council to help prepare for natural disasters like Haiyan.
In late September, 2010, the Philippine Disaster Risk and Reduction
Management Act was promulgated to strengthen the disaster planning and
Nuclear Power Plant is 45 miles west of Manila atop volcanic activity.
Bataan seemed destined to become the first operating nuclear plant
in Southeast Asia until the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. Then, the
Philippine government mothballed the nuclear power plant.
The NOAA Hurricane database shows that Haiyan is a huge storm on its
global radar. In fact, Haiyan may be the largest storm in recorded
history! An August, 1931 flood and tidal wave off the Huang He River
in China killed over 3 million people.
Currently, the International Red Cross is managing aid to the
Philippines along with other charitable groups and major
organizations like CARE. Typical disaster aid kits include
o water and food rations
o emergency lighting, blankets and clothing
o sleeping gear
o American Red Cross Kits
o evacuation and fire supplies
o trauma and first responder kits
o pet emergency kits