Friday, December 5, 2014

Things To Do Before the Typhoon Hits

I got an email from Smart reminding us some things that we should do before typhoon Hagupit hits. Actually, the reminder is applicable to any typhoon that might hit us in the near future. I suggest that you make a check list to make sure everything is ready.

In terms of advance preparation, here's a statement from Smart:
We are prepositioning restoration equipment and personnel in the Visayas, Southern Luzon & Northern Mindanao regions. The equipment includes generator sets and batteries that will support capacities of telecommunications equipment in the region, as well as equipment for free call and free charging services. This will enable Smart-Sun to respond quickly to failures and community needs as they occur.
Reminders from Smart:
1. Fully charge cell phone batteries and ensure that you have airtime for at least 3 days.
2. In the event of power outages, conserve battery power. Make judicious use of voice calls. Text messaging uses less power.
3. Store emergency numbers in your cell phone -- family members you can call for help, television and radio stations where you can get storm information, and responding relief agencies like the National Disaster Coordinating Council, local government units, local police, local chapter of the Philippine National Red Cross, etc. Keep a hard copy as well in case you run out of battery and need to use the numbers.
4. Keep a battery-operated radio handy as well as spare batteries to make sure you stay informed about important news like evacuation warnings, storm updates, rescue developments, etc. in case electric and communication facilities shut down.
5. Keep your cell phone dry. Wrap it in plastic or use cling-wrap for easy use.

My extended reminders (check list) including those from Smart so you can copy-paste it easily:
1) Fully Charge everything specially mobile phones, power banks and rechargeable flashlights/batteries.
2) Store emergency numbers on a piece of paper and maybe put it inside a ziplock.
3) Do have a battery operated AM/FM radio. Buy batteries for it.
4) Keep important documents dry by placing them inside a ziplock. (Passport, birth certificates etc)
5) Keep important things dry by placing them inside air tight containers (Similar to those lock n locks)
6) Have enough food that doesn't need cooking for at least a week.
7) Buy distilled/mineral water and have them in stock.
8) Have waterproof gear ready - rain coats, boots, etc
9) If possible, buy  lifevests (For flood prone areas). You'll never know when you need one.
10) Prepare emergency tools, medicines, and first aid kits.

11) Unplug electrical equipment that may get wet
12) Move furniture and other things that may get wet to a higher area if possible
13) Pack up necessities in case you need to evacuate your premises and place them in bags so you are ready anytime.
14) Plan your evacuation path.

In these times, it is very important to be aware of your surroundings for changes and/or announcements. Unlike a tsunami, storm surges are harder to predict so do take advance warnings seriously.

After the typhoon, do check out everyone and if all is well, try to help others who needs help.

Last but never do the leasts, Pray.

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