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Typhoon Preparedness Guide


What To Do Before A Typhoon

  • Inspect your house if necessary repair/fixing is needed. (eg. Roof, doors, windows, ceilings)
  • Before typhoon strikes, you must clean up your house’s drainage system so it won’t get clogged up.
  • Store an adequate supply of food and water that would last for a few days. Canned goods are ideal especially if cooking is not possible.
  • Put everything in your house in an elevated position especially items that generate electricity so that water won’t penetrate into them in case floodwater rushes inside your house.
  • Harvest crops that can be yielded immediately.
  • For fishing folk, place boats in a safe area.
  • If you are living in a lowland, hazard prone and/or risked areas, the ideal resort is to evacuate as early as possible.
  • Always keep flashlights, candles, and batteries and first-aid supplies available.
  • It is important as well to have an available transistor radio (battery – powered incase power supply will be unavailable) so you can be updated about the typhoon and its current location.
  • Frequently listen to your local radio, television or visit Weather Philippines for storm advisories on the progress of the typhoon.

What To Do During A Typhoon

  • Stay inside the house and keep calm. Postpone any travel.
  • Monitor to your local radio, television or visit Weather Philippines for storm advisories on the progress of the typhoon.
  • In case of flooding, turn off the main sources of electricity to prevent electrical accidents.
  • Avoid wading through flooded areas to avoid water-transmitted diseases.
  • Do not operate any electrical equipment during a flood.
  • Do not use gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded.
  • Keep an eye on lighted candles or gas lamps.
  • Heed the advice of the local authorities if they ask you to evacuate your area. If there is a need to move to an evacuation center, follow these reminders:
    • Evacuate calmly.
    • Close the windows and turn off the main power switch.
    • Put important appliances and belongings in a high ground.
    • Avoid the way leading to or along the river.

What To Do After A Typhoon

  • Monitor to your radio, television or visit Weather Philippines for storm advisories on the progress of the typhoon.
  • Check your house for damage and make necessary repairs at once. Avoid scattered debris especially tin and lumber as there may be rusty nails protruding.
  • Wear proper safety gear and equipment when working in hazardous areas.
  • If your house was damaged, make sure that it is already safe and stable when you enter.
  • Have a knowledgeable person inspect electrical connections before using electrical appliances.
  • Watch out for live wires or outlet immersed in water.
  • Report damaged electrical cables and fallen electric posts to the authorities.
  • Beware of dangerous animals such as snakes that may have entered your house.
  • Boil water before drinking it to avoid diseases.
  • Avoid contaminated food resulting from the lack of electricity and refrigeration.
  • Do not let water accumulate in tires, cans or pots to avoid creating a favorable condition for mosquito breeding that can cause dengue.
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