How to Prepare Your Home for a Typhoon in Philippines?

If you live in a hurricane zone, you prepare your home before the typhoon comes by installing typhoon windows and doors or shutters. While there is a cost associated to this, your home is well protected from the elements.

Among these tips include very practical and timely reminders on how to prepare before, during and after a typhoon. See to keep you and your families safe during a typhoon.

Before a typhoon:
Store an adequate supply of food and clean water. Prepare food that need not be cooked.
Keep flashlights, candles and battery-powered radios within easy reach.
Examine your house and repair its unstable parts.
Always keep yourself updated with the latest weather report.
Harvest crops that can be yielded already.
Secure domesticated animals in a safe place.
For fisher folks, place boats in a safe area.
Should you need to evacuate, bring clothes, first aid kit, candles/flashlight, battery-powered radio, food, etc.

During a typhoon:
Stay inside the house.
Always keep yourself updated with the latest weather report.
If safe drinking water is not available, boil water for at least 20 minutes. Place it in a container with cover.
Keep an eye on lighted candles or gas lamps.
Do not wade through floodwaters to avoid being electrocuted and contracting diseases.

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If there is a need to move to an evacuation center, follow these reminders:
Evacuate calmly.
Close the windows and turn off the main power switch.
Put important appliances and belongings in a high ground.
Avoid the way leading to the river.

After a typhoon:
If your house is destroyed, make sure that it is stable when you enter.
Beware of dangerous animals such as snakes that may have entered your house.
Watch out for live wires or outlet immersed in water.
Report damaged electrical cables and fallen electric posts to the authorities.
Do not let water accumulate in tires, cans or pots to avoid creating a favorable condition for mosquito breeding.

Tips and Warnings
Consider using citronella candles or oil to help repel insects. Most typhoons occur during warm weather and you will want to open your windows or even spend evenings outdoors until electricity is restored.
If you can, store two weeks worth of food and water.
Make sure that everyone has something to wear in warm weather, a rain jacket and sturdy shoes that will protect their feet from debris.
Be careful when using lamps, lanterns and candles. Some lamp and lantern fuel isn’t safe to use indoors and candles can be knocked over, starting fires.

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