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5 things to prepare before a typhoon

Stay safe and dry with these tips

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By Pau Gutierrez

Powerful typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) has landed, bringing strong winds and rain in different parts of the country. Signal number 3 is already raised in parts of Visayas region and Quezon Province. With the maximum wind of 150 km/h, it is expected to cause floods and damages in infrastructures. 

Here are five things you can do to be typhoon-ready, based on the DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) guidelines of humanitarian group Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).

Build an emergency kit

Keep a package of basic tools and supplies for emergencies such as this. Its contents should include ready-to-eat food and water, light and fire devices for cooking, easy-to-pack clothes, important IDs and documents, hygiene kit, and a first aid kit.

Gather information

Monitor the radio, television, and social media for more updates about the typhoon.

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Secure your home

Don’t forget to lock your doors and close your windows as debris may find its way to your house during the storm. Also remember to secure outdoor objects, or bring them indoors.

Buy extra batteries and charge all important electronic devices

It is important to have your phone fully charged. Electronic devices keep you updated on the latest news of the storm. They’re also for communicating with relatives and loved ones, even notifying rescue teams. Installing a generator for power outages may also come in handy.

Find out where the nearest evacuation is

If your house is in a flood-prone area, find out where your nearest designated evacuation center. If you are directed by local authorities that evacuation is the safest option for you before the storm hits, it is best to follow their instructions.

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