• What to do Before, During and After a Typhoon and Other Natural Calamities

    Is your family and home prepared for a typhoon, flood and landslide?
    by Jillianne E. Castillo .
  • For the Philippines, the rainy season can be a cause for dread with the ever-looming threat of raging typhoons and heavy floods. To best prepare for possible natural calamities, it’s important to be informed. Know what you should do before, during and after a disaster with these guidelines provided by the Philippine Red Cross.

    Typhoon



    Before

    • Have emergency kits and survival packs prepared. These should contain medicine, cash, important documents, whistles, and extra clothes. 
    • Store food and clean water enough for three days. That’s two gallons of water per person per day. 
    • Prepare candles, flashlights and extra batteries in case the power goes out.
    • Listen to the radio or watch TV for news updates. 

    During

    • Stay indoors and listen to the news for weather updates and flood warnings.
    • If you need to evacuate, stay calm. Close the windows, turn off the main electricity switch and bring your survival kit.

    After

    • Return home only after authorities have deemed the area safe. 
    • Check your surroundings for damaged electrical cables and fallen posts. Report these to the authorities.
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    Flood



    Before

    • If your house is in a flood prone area, listen to weather updates and research on the tides.
    • Have emergency kits and survival packs prepared. These should contain medicine, cash, important documents, whistles, extra clothes, etc.
    • Store food and clean water enough for three days. That’s two gallons of water per person per day. 
    • Prepare candles, flashlights and extra batteries in case the power goes out.
    • Store items higher up and off of the floors.
    • Have an agreed upon safe place or landmark with family members in case you have to evacuate your home.

    During

    • Stay indoors and listen to the news for weather updates and flood warnings.
    • Disconnect appliances in your house or turn off the main electrical switch. 
    • If you need to evacuate, stay calm. Close the windows, turn off the main electricity switch and bring your survival kit. Head to higher ground. 
    • Avoid going into floodwater, keep children away from it especially. If you can put them on a floating device, better. 

    After

    • Return home only after authorities have deemed the area safe. 
    • Check your surroundings for damaged electrical cables and fallen posts. Report these to the authorities.
    • Do not turn on electricity switches unless you are sure it is dry and safe to do so. 


    Landslides



    Before

    • Find out if your area is prone to landslides.
    • Check with your local barangay for the planned evacuation area and route.
    • Have emergency kits and survival packs prepared. These should contain medicine, cash, important documents, whistles, extra clothes, flashlights, candles, matches, radio, extra batteries, etc. 

    During

    • Get as far away as possible from the land slide area.
    • Stay calm and follow your barangay evacuation plan. 

    After

    • Do not return to land slide affected area. Follow the advice of authorities.
    • As much as possible, refrain from using the phone lines to lessen traffic for rescue and relief operations.  


    Remember, preparedness is key. Be smart and stay alert. Download the PRC Hazards app (Google Play and Apple Store) to learn more and to receive alerts for hazards in your area.

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