Typhoons are a normal occurrence in the Asia Pacific region. In the Philippines alone, some 10 to 12 typhoons pass by the country each year. But while the people in Asia are used to this weather disturbance, the recent years have seen typhoons becoming stronger and fiercer causing massive damage to properties and claiming the lives of thousands of people despite prior warnings and preparations for possible disaster. The experts attribute this to the phenomenon called global warming.
In case you are living in or happen to be visiting an Asian country or any country for that matter and a warning has been issued about an impending typhoon or hurricane, you need to take immediate steps to ensure your safety and that of your loved ones and friends.
Being in the know of the weather condition is always a must. Make sure you tune in to the radio or TV or go online to get your daily weather news as well as phone numbers to call during emergency cases.
Also, find out the locations of storm shelters and get directions if possible.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
This kit should contain all your necessities from food and water (at least three gallons for every person) to blankets, flashlight, medicines and a portable radio that’s battery operated. Extra batteries, matches and fuel are also important.
The food that you need to prepare are the canned ones and those that don’t need to be refrigerated. They should be enough to sustain you for three days. Include disposable plates, spoons, forks, knives and bowls.
Get Your Garbage Bags
Did you know that garbage bags are very useful during a storm? You can put your clothes, blankets and pillows in there to keep them from getting wet. They also make for an improvised raincoat when you need to go out or when water leaks in your roof and ceiling.
Move to Safer Grounds
Those living near the sea or river should immediately evacuate to higher grounds. Whether it’s a light or strong typhoon, a storm surge can always happen which can wash away not only things but even people.
When you have to evacuate, however, make sure to shut off electricity, water and gas in your home. This way, you avoid fire or leaking water while you’re away from your home.
Bring Extra Clothing
If you have decided to go to a storm shelter or stay at a friend’s or relative’s home, you need to bring some extra clothes. Prepare this in advance so you have enough clothes to wear while you’re away.
Call for Help
Finally in the event you get trapped in your home and no neighbors are available to provide assistance, do call for help immediately. There’s no time to delay particularly when someone in your family is already starting to get ill or suffering from a certain health condition.
The Philippines is now the center of international aid after being ravaged by typhoon Haiyan last November 8. If you’d like to give your share to help rebuild the lives of the badly affected families who have lost their homes and loved ones, you may donate to the Philippine National Red Cross, World Vision or UNICEF Philippines.