Sunday, November 17, 2013
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Last November 8, 2013, the Philippine Islands was badly devastated by one of the strongest typhoon in Earth’s history. Carrying sustained winds of up to 314 kilometers/hour, Yolanda(Haiyan) killed 3,000 people(and counting as per time of writing) and destroyed almost 10 billion pesos worth of properties. It was really this frightening that it displaced almost 750,000 people out of their home towns. Storm surges also occurred displacing huge boats from the water to the land. We were very thankful that foreign aids from different countries are pouring in and out to support the Philippines. (This article is brought to you by: rayomarine.com- a top company who’s into catamaran for sale in the Philippines.)
Not known to everyone, the Philippine government already prepared for this Super Typhoon soon enough before it hits the land. The local government, evacuated the residents of the town mostly women and children. They also informed the local residents of storm surges that can rise up to 20 feet every hour but no one was familiar with the term which caught residents unprepared. With an average of 20 typhoons hitting the country, the Philippines should expect a typhoon with the same magnitude as Haiyan. Preparing for the Storm
1. Be updated and know the signs.
Before the storm approaches, weather institutions provide their forecast about the incoming storm. They will provide details on the path it will be taking, the magnitude of the storm whether it will bring storm surges or not and when it will leave. If storm surges will be happening it is good to know how high the storm surge will be and how far is the reach of the storm surge from the sea.Aside from government institutions, animals are also good determinants if there are changes in your surroundings. Animals have sixth sense and changes in their attitudes are observed in times of troubles.
2.Prepare for the worst.
After knowing the facts, prepare canned goods, water,radio and dry, clean clothes which are light enough to be carried through your back pack. Also bring with you, important documents. Prepare your house and household members and inform them what to bring and what to leave. If you have a boat, dock your boat in another place where the storm would not be taking place.
3.Coordinate with the authorities.
Government authorities provide evacuation centers for the typhoon victims. Better coordinate with them and know their plans about this storm.
Assess your location, if you are on a low lying area, you should find a sturdy, higher place where it won’t be reached by the storm surge.Evacuation center should also be higher than the said storm surges. Be sure to evacuate as early as possible.
5.Check if the storm is over.
When the storm is over, check if the surroundings is safe. Use your radio with and be updated with the current situation in your area.
With proper preparation, your survival rate will have higher chances.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
In the Philippines, if we ask common Filipinos, “What is a Catamaran?” their answer might be lazy or tamad because it sounds alike to a common Filipino term “katamaran” or “laziness” and will joke that it only changed its spelling. So, now I’m asking you, What do you know about Catamarans? According to wiktionary, the word Catamaran was derived from the tamil word “kattumaram”, a monohull raft used by the Dravidian people, from “maram” which means “tree” or “wood” and is defined as a raft which is composed of two or more logs. Now, the present word Catamaran means twin-hulled ship.(For your boating needs, try visiting rayomarine.com-a distributor of Catamaran in the Philippines)
Basically the Catamarans are faster than mono-hulled boats because of its hull shape and composition. It does not use keel to make it upright. It uses thin needle like hulls significantly reducing wave drag.
The catamarans are considerably more stable than single hulled boats because they have wider beams. They roll back and forth with the wave while it is anchored on a shore which eliminates sea-sickness.
Catamarans can be maneuvered easily because each hull has its own engine.
With its shallow draft, it can reach through the shallow parts of the water unlike the monohulls which have keels. Anchors can also be planted to the nearest shore.
Though it is very unlikely to see a modernly created Catamaran capsizing, but given the right conditions, these boats are known to lean forward and sink.
Buying a Catamaran is a no joke for it is very expensive. It is essentially not for everyone. Before purchasing a Catamaran, one should be well aware of his own boating abilities because it is different from the traditional boats.
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