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10 Essential Tips to Prepare for a Typhoon Disaster

 

The Philippines isn’t new to catastrophic events and natural disasters. The United Nations claimed that our nation is the third most disaster-prone country around the world.

In 2013, the strong Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines. It created extensive damage to properties and brought about a high number of deaths in numerous parts of the country.

Here are 10 essential approaches to set up your home and secure your family when a typhoon strikes your area.

1. Check Your House for Defects

Inspect your house for defective rooftops, damaged walls, or broken windows. You can either fix them yourself immediately or use the services of a professional in your area.

2. Bring Furniture and Appliances to Elevated Places

Start moving your furniture and appliances such as refrigerators, TVs and electric fans to the second floor of the house, especially if your area is prone to floods. Be prepared so that you will not get stressed when the typhoon comes.

3. Stock for Food and Water Supplies

Choose food supplies that have a longer shelf life. Make sure that it is sufficient for your whole family and would keep you going for not less than three days. These include simple-open canned goods, dried fruits, nuts, biscuits and other ready-to-eat goods. Keep them in a dry place.

4. Set Up A First Aid Kit

This kit should contain emergency supplies like a first-aid pack, hygiene kits, essential drugs, flashlight, Swiss Army knife, additional batteries for your radio and lights, rope, and compact portable chargers or power banks.

5. Be Prepared with A Transistor AM/FM radio

This convenient device will enable you to check the most recent weather announcements and different updates regardless of whether you have electricity or not.

6. Have A Whistle

This convenient tool is a good way to get everyone’s attention

7. Completely Charge All Your Electronic Devices and Batteries

Ensure that all your cell phones, tablets, and other electronic devices that you can use for communication are working and are completely charged.

8. Take Note of Weather Updates

Tune in to TV and radio news. Stay alert to flood signs and surge levels in your location. Know the important announcements of the government so that you will know what to do.

9. Know Important Contact Numbers

Save these emergency contact details in your phone or write them down. Also, note down your relatives’ numbers so that you can update them of your situation when crisis strikes.

10. Turn Off Your Main Power Switch

Do this to prevent electrical accidents. Unplug your electrical appliances before you turn off the main power switch.

 

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