Typhoon Survival 101

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The Philippines encounter numerous storms and typhoons in a year and Taft avenue is one of those places that are greatly devastated when storms come.

Provided you live in a condo, you would be very safe from the flooding especially if you live at the top floors of the building. BUT keep in mind that your condo is still vulnerable to instances like electricity failure. The condo might have a generator but don’t count on it too much especially if you’re expecting a strong typhoon.

So how to prepare for a typhoon:

  • Prepare clean water and food that will last for a week. These are the most important of all. During the typhoons canned goods and ready to eat meals are your friends, so make sure to have these ready because they are the ones that will keep you alive when the typhoon comes.
  • Rechargeable Appliances such as lamps, flashlights, radio, and electric fans are very helpful when an electricity failure occurs. I wouldn’t advise candles since they might be the cause of a fire.
  • Take note of the emergency hotlines:
  1. National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC): 911-1873, 911-5061;
  2. Philippine Red Cross: 143, 527-0000; and
  3. Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA): 136, 896-6000.
  • Prepare board games or card games to keep your mind away from the typhoon and to ease tension.

During a typhoon:

  • Stay Indoors. There’s nothing to see outside so just stay inside the comfort of your own home and pray.
  • Make sure to charge your phones too if there’s still electricity. Communication is very important in case of emergencies.
  • Radio is very much advised as well so that you can keep in touch of the current situation of the typhoon and to be aware of important public announcements.
  • Don’t Panic. Typhoons are scary and that’s a given fact but try to keep your head clear and remain calm. Panicking is quite contagious and you would only worry those people around you if you panic.

Stay Safe

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