Though Philippines is a tropical country, we also have wet seasons and it’s almost that time of the year again... Are you and your family prepared to tackle the wet season?
Back in November 2013, Philippines was caught off-guard by Supertyphoon Yolanda. It wreaked havoc in the Visayas region, destroying thousands of homes, buildings, business establishments and livelihood of the residents, and leaving thousands of people dead and injured. The devastation it brought to the victims and to the affected areas was unimaginable. In fact, to this day, the badly-hit provinces were still recovering.
Typhoons are never easy to deal with, so we must at least be prepared before they strike!
1. Prepare a ‘survival kit’
Tough situations can be worry-free when you are ready! Here is a list of the things you should include in your survival kit:
- Flashlights / Candles / Matches
- Extra Batteries
- Bottled Water -Keep one gallon per person in order be fully hydrated for the rest of the day.
- Canned Goods / Instant Noodles - Buy foods that are easy to store and open like biscuits, chocolate bars.
- Plastic Utensils & Toiletries
- Ziplocks - Keep ziplocks or any plastic envelopes on hand to keep important documents and gadgets dry.
- Transmitter Radio
- Extra Clothes & Blankets
- Vitamins & Prescribed Medicines
- First-aid kits
2. Examine your house and repair its unstable parts
Check your roof, doors, windows, ceilings and walls if there are damages that needed fixing. Also, clear your drainage.
Even if your town or province will not be directly hit, you should prepare still! Remember that calamities are unpredictable - like robbers who just barge into your home without permission. If you’re not ready, you might get hurt (or worse).
Hence, the moment that you’ve heard that a strong typhoon is coming, get ready!
3. Keep updated with the latest weather report
4. Know your emergency landlines
If you are in dire need of help, never hesitate to call! Make list of phone numbers to call in case of emergencies and location of shelters in your area. There a lot of government and non-government organizations available 24/7 during calamities.
5. Train your family members about the things they should do in case of a typhoon or flooding, g. where the survival kits are stored, what number to call in case of emergency, where to go in case they are separated, etc.