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  • floodNearly two years may have passed since Typhoon Ondoy ravaged the nation with floods, but the nation is far from being complacent when a new possible calamity may be on the horizon. With Typhoon Chedeng posing as a threat, prevent a potential calamity - another Ondoy - by being vigilant. Here are five on typhoon preparedness tips.

    1.    Typhoon-proof your home. Perform a general checkup on windows, doors, roofs and make sure these aren’t broken and are still durable enough to withstand possible strong winds and rain.

    2.    Whether your house is prone to flooding or not, be prepared and bring important appliances, especially electronics and other valuable items to higher level.

    3.    Buy extra batteries and to charge all important electronic devices (mobile phone, emergency light, battery-operated radio, etc.) so you could keep yourself updated with the goings-on, maintain communication with relatives and loved ones, or even notify rescue teams, if necessary.

    4.    Prepare an emergency kit. Pack ready-to-eat food that doesn’t require refrigeration and has a long shelf life. To be safe, pack enough of these, along with plenty of water (around 3 gallons should do it) to last at least three days. For baby, make sure to store sterilized water as well for feeding and cleaning of bottles. Bring matches, flashlights, basic toiletries, board games, and books, and keep in a waterproof container documents you wish to keep safe and dry.

    5.    Make sure everyone has a list of important phone numbers, contact persons, locations of relief centers, and come up with an evacuation plan. Agree where to meet up in case you get separated and assign a relative in your town or city to make the call to officials that you and your family are safe.

    You may also want to read:
    •    Typhoon Preparation and Checklist
    •    Preparing Your Home for Typhoons
    •    Parents’ Guide to Safeguarding Important Family Documents from Potential Disasters like Fires and Floods

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