POLITICAL tensions caused by US President George W. Bush's insistence on invading Iraq even without UN approval and threats of terrorist attacks are making people more anxious than ever.
Families in Israel have been stocking up on gas masks, masking tape, plastic sheeting, and tins of food in case of missile attack from Iraq.
Following an advisory from the Department of Home Security, citizens in the United States bought rolls of duct tape and plastic sheeting for sealing off doors and windows in the event of a biological or chemical attack.
In the Philippines, the government is stocking up on basic necessities to withstand the economic shocks of a war in Iraq. It is building up a 95-day inventory of rice, a 120-day inventory of sugar, and a 70-day stock of crude oil and other fuel products.
As war in the Middle East is expected to further weaken the peso and push the prices of fuel, food and other basic necessities up, people themselves are coming up with coping mechanisms.
For some, planting camote and other root crops is a must as a hedge against hunger. Others plan to stock up on basic necessities. A number will take to the streets to protest the war, while many will turn to prayers and seek Divine Intervention.