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  • 8 Reminders for Keeping your Home Safe from a Typhoon

    Being prepared denotes awareness of the current situation, possible scenarios and the measures to keep home and property safe.
    by Rob Del Rosario .
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    3.    Equipment
    Fire extinguishers are a must - at least three in an average household, strategically placed (in bedrooms, near the kitchen). Family members should know how to use these, and refills should be done as necessary.

    Battery-operated fans or lights are optional, but almost necessary if you have an infant or elderly person at home.

    A small battery-operated AM/FM radio to scan for weather updates.

    4.    The main switch
    This controls the influx of power in the home, and capable members of the household should be aware of where the main breaker is to turn it off be turned off to avoid electrical hazards during severe disturbances.  In the same respect, LPG tanks should be on the off position when not in use, and power cords unplugged.

    5.    Charge it!
    Cell phones and other electronics should always be on full charge, especially if you’re anticipating heavy rains. It also never hurts to have with it an MP3 player or Angry Birds game to kill the boredom.

    6.    Keep pets safe
    For every pet, one should have a carrier or kennel to keep them in safely during storms, and provide them with easy transport.

    7.    Keep children calm
    Make sure your kids are familiar with the scientific aspect of storms and weather disturbances. Even a toddler should know that thunder is not “the angels bowling” or  with big kids, the sign of the Apocalypse. Through age-appropriate methods, you can teach kids, and this can be an enriching activity.  

    8.    Keep and update ALL emergency numbers and save them on your cell phone, print them for posting on the fridge and list them on your landline unit. Aside from the police, hospitals and fire department, list numbers of relatives, an ambulatory service, a volunteer fire brigade number, your pediatrician’s emergency number, a towing service and utility providers.

    If you live in a flood-prone area and have not decided to move, it is best to consult a licensed engineer to re-structure your lower floors and drainage system. Schedule a meeting with fellow homeowners and Barangay heads for disaster coordination, and as silly as it may seem, invest in a rubber boat if you’re expecting bizarre levels of water. It may be hard to protect vehicles, but arranged safe parking can be discussed in your group meeting. These measures are definitely costly, but life can never be quantified (and so can’t the large flat screen and home theater system installed in the living area).

    Though we can’t control the weather, we can definitely lessen its impact on our lives and property.  Stay vigilant to remain safe!

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