6 Tips on How to Prepare for a Typhoon

The Philippines is blessed with a tropical climate, golden summers and pristine beaches. The downside of being located at the south eastern side of the world though is that often, countries like ours are hit by typhoons. Knowing that typhoons would always be part of our lives, it would be in our best interests to prepare for a typhoon as it could strike anytime. Here are six (6) tips to prepare you and your family in the event of a typhoon:

  1. Always remember that prevention is better than cure. In good weather, prepare your home by checking doors, windows, walls, and roof. Ensure that all the loose screws on your door hinges are tightened and the holes on your roof and the cracks on your walls are patched up.

2. It’s never a bad idea to stock up on food items and water. Make sure though that you stock up on ready-to-cook items and bottled water enough to last you for three to five days. When a situation goes bad and there’s no place to go because your area is flooded, you can be assured that you won’t go hungry and get dehydrated.

3. Charge all your important electronic devices such as your mobile phone, tablet and emergency light. If you still have that old fashioned battery-operated radio or TV, it might also be a good idea to keep this nearby. It’s important to keep yourself aware of what’s happening in your area and keep your loved ones informed of your situation. Don’t forget to save emergency numbers on your phone as you can never be sure of how things turn out!

4. If your area is likely to get flooded, make sure you move pieces of furniture and other important things on higher ground. Any item that uses electricity should be on top your list! Your valuable documents should be placed in waterproof bags or packaging to keep them safe and dry.

5. Prepare an emergency survival kit for you and your family ahead of time. Pack candies, biscuits, and other ready-to-eat food, as well as lots of bottles of water along with flashlights, matches, candles, basic toiletry items, medicines; and if you’re with kids, books or toys to keep them entertained.

6. Keep calm. Act cool and don’t panic, especially when with kids. Kids usually panic when they see their parents or guardians terrified with what’s happening. Compose yourself and explain to them the situation and allow them to help out in the preparation.

Disasters and emergencies can bring out the best or worst in us. When a typhoon strikes, fear is understandable but your life and well-being is foremost. And what better way to stay sane, than be prepared.