However, not everyone in the country have the same experiences during these calamities. The privileged upper-class may not feel the adverse effects as much as those who live in lower to middle-class households. There are also those who are simply apathetic with what’s happening in their surroundings. So allow us to present “storm etiquette” rules you need to abide when the next downpour happens. (This is also applicable to other disasters or natural calamities.)
Don’t wish for heavier rains
:Kanino ka umaasa?
Kay mayor. Sana umulan pa ): para isang araw pa na suspended please last na HAHAHAHAHAHA
This is something many of us are guilty of doing when we were younger because we didn’t want to go to school. But later on, you have to take into consideration that wishing for harder rains is a selfish act. Just think how many people will be inconvenienced by floods and strong winds. You may be happy that your class or work was cancelled, but there are going to be people out there who have no choice but to brave the storm.
Save that “Take me back” post
We get it, you want to go back to the beach while Mother Earth is wreaking havoc in your backyard. But if you’re well aware that there are people suffering and can’t even afford to say “Take me back to the beach” while wading in floodwaters, then you better hold off on that #throwback post for a bit. Don’t pull the “freedom of speech” card and be empathetic to the plight of others. Remember that you don’t have the same privilege as others, don’t use that to undermine their experiences.
Don’t speed up your driving
It’s common knowledge not to drive fast when there’s a puddle or shallow flood. Sadly, some drivers don’t adhere to this rule and need to be reminded. Don’t be that rude person who’ll drench passersby because you’re rushing to go somewhere.
Spread calls for help
The flooding caused by Karding prompted many people to call for help on social media. There were those who were stranded on the roof of their houses for hours and needed assistance to get to the nearest evacuation center. If you see posts like these in the future, be sure to repost or retweet as much as you can so it’ll get wider traction. You can also call the respective offices and agencies responsible for disaster relief and safety. Think of it as your own little way to help while at home.
Stop romanticizing people’s struggles
We’ve all heard lines saying that Filipinos are resilient and keeps a positive outlook amid calamities. These are usually partnered with photos of people smiling while playing in the flood or looking for shelter. But the problem with maintaining this mindset is that we tend to romanticize the struggle instead of actually doing something about it. Sure, we can get through the toughest storms, but it shouldn’t be the same narrative every time.