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How to Stay Safe During a Typhoon

‘Typhoon Hanna has intensified further as it continues to move towards the direction of southern Ryukyu Island’ was the statement issued by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. As per the report, the outer rainbands of typhoon Hanna will bring light to moderate, with at times, heavy rains and gusty winds over Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands. In Iloilo, a yellow warning level was issued. There may be possible flooding in low lying areas and possible landslides in mountainous areas. A few days earlier, a three motorboats capsized due to squall, a sudden violent gust of wind, in the Iloilo Guimaras Strait. Whenever we receive a storm advisory or warned by weather men on television, how prepared are we? Here are helpful tips to stay safe during a typhoon.

Photo credit: Department of Health

According to the Department of Health, potable drinking water from a safe source is essential at all times. Boil water for 3 minutes to make it safe for drinking. When in doubt, do not drink. Having proper food stock is important during storm seasons. Personally, I remember myself raging knee deep flood just to find an open karinderya to have breakfast. Finally found one that is submerged in flood water, the cleanliness and safety of the food was questionable. Don’t be like me.

Have your own Storm Survival Kit. The Storm Survival Kit comprise of the following: Bottled Water, store enough potable drinking water good for at least three (3) days; Food, store food that requires minimal preparation, this includes canned food, cereal and crackers, and instant noodles; First Aid Kit, your first aid kit must contain band aids, alcohol, medicine, mosquito repellent, and prescription drug if you have any; Swiss Army Knife, this is a multi purpose knife that can be used as knife, can opener, bottle opener, screwdriver, and scissors; Clothing, include thermal wear; Flashlight and Batteries; Toiletries; Fully Charged Gadgets; Battery Powered Radio; and Cash. Below are Disaster Survival Kits and First Aid Kits ready for purchase from Lazada.

Keeping warm and dry is important. Make sure to have jackets, sweaters, thick clothing, and rubber boots ready in case of storm surges and flood. The Department of Health also warns of the following rampant diseases during the rainy season: cough and colds, acute gastroenteritis, skin infections, dengue, leptospirosis, measles, and hepatitis A. All the more, these are common in evacuation areas. Thus, sanitation is crucial. Maintain personal hygiene, wash hands before and after eating, and before and after using the toilet.

Aside from health concerns, safety is also important. Be updated with the latest weather forecasts. Stay inside your home and be vigilant – keep flashlights, candles, and battery operated radios within reach. Be wary of gas lamps. Do not use appliance that has been submerged in flood water. Do not wade through flood water. Stay away from low lying areas.

Photo credit: Department of Health

Most of all, keep calm.

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