The alarming statistics on deaths and property damages in our country, brought by Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in 2009, were something everyone had not expected. But have you really learned well from these tragedies? Or are you still clueless on what to do ahead of time, before another calamity strikes? Most disaster experts say the first key to surviving calamities is clear-headedness, and the other key is proper preparation. Now, to help you out in terms of preparing the house before typhoons strike your home again, you may want to take a look at these tried and tested tips on house preparation.
Do Some Advanced Fixing Check your home for any broken windows, doors, or leaky roofs. If you can already fix it, go ahead. If not, find experts who can do some repairs at home. Be aware of stuff in your balcony or backyard, and other detachable accessories outside your house that could be blown away easily by the strong winds. These items may not only hurt you, but could also hurt other people and damage their houses once they get caught by strong winds. If ever you receive a storm alert in your area, try taping your glass windows to prevent breakage, in cases when road signs or trees may hit your home and to ensure that your house is sturdy enough to stand the test of storms.
Elevate Your Appliances (Or Have A Quick Process To Do So) If you live in a place where there’s a history of flooding, learn how to elevate your appliances to higher ground quickly, or move them away from windows, where flood waters won’t reach them easily. Doing so will save you from the troubles of getting your appliances damaged or experiencing serious electrical problems after the flood enters your home.
De-Clog Your Drainage System Check the drainage around your house (including your roof drains), or in your community as well, and see if the drainage system is working well. If you notice that it’s clogged and within your jurisdiction, then have it cleaned up at once. You can also call the attention of your barangay captain or any local authorities in your area, if the entire neighborhood’s drainage system is clogged.
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