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Typhoon Preparedness Tips

Before the typhoon:

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

During the typhoon:

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

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

Courtesy of Philippine National Red Cross

You can also receive PAGASA updates via SMS— in case power and Internet go out

SuperTyphoon Megi/Juan satellite image

Took this from our Main thread. Just in case you’re living in the north and power and internet goes out.

You can also receive PAGASA updates via SMS. Instructions are from here:

To receive regular updates:
For the one-time registration, text ULANREGNAME/ADDRESS/AGE and send to 717-ULAN (7178526).

To subscribe, text ULANPUSH ON send to 717 ULAN.

To unsubscribe, text ULANPUSH OFF send to 717 ULAN.

Text ULANINFOADVISORY for the daily weather
Text BAGYOINFOADVISORY for the tropical cyclone update
Text SIGNALINFOADVISORY for the public storm warning signals raised
and send to 7008526

Aquino on preparations for Supertyphoon “Megi”/Juan

President of the Philippines
On preparations for Supertyphoon “Megi”

[October 15, 2010]

In keeping with the protocols I put in place in our first days in office, the agencies of your government are undertaking efforts to prepare for expected landfall of Supertyphoon “Megi”, which will become known as Typhoon “Juan” when it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility tomorrow.

We are constrained to inform the public to monitor expected rainfall levels in their areas. PAGASA has issued advisories for the public to expect exceptionally heavy rainfall in the eastern coast of Isabela-Cagayan. It has been issuing alerts to the public and the media has been doing its part to inform the public.

Benito Ramos of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has informed us that they are ready for possible preemptive evacuations in affected areas on Sunday.

Your government will be giving you hourly updates through the PAG-ASA website, www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph, and their Twitter feed, @dost_pagasa.

The DSWD has already prepositioned relief goods. The NDRRMC has also been instructed to preposition rescue equipment, if necessary.

We are confident that PAGASA and the DOST will continue to provide timely and useful information to the public. In the meantime, I have instructed the MMDA and all relevant authorities to take down billboards until the typhoon is over. Let us all work together to ensure ZERO casualties for the coming typhoon.

I ask our countrymen in affected areas to cooperate with their barangay, municipal, provincial and national officials in ensuring orderly and efficient preparations are made. The private sector, too, can alert their employees, particularly those who are Red Cross volunteers, to be ready to help, when needed. We do not want to unduly alarm the public but there is nothing lost by being prepared.

Let us all do our part to ensure that we remain focused on proactive measures to reduce risk to populations. And I am confident our government will, once again, work hand-in-hand with the citizenry to bring out the best in all of us as we brace for the coming storm.

Source: gov.ph