At the onset of Typhoon Tisoy's downpour, the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) has taken center stage on social media, oddly enough, for their mandatory text messages. While the reminders we're receiving aid in informing the public of the evolving weather conditions, others have found the constant alerts to be a nuisance, even taking to Twitter to air their grievances. Although the alarming notifications may admittedly be jarring, it's certainly better to be safe than sorry.
Below are a few safety tips to keep in mind during a typhoon—including why you should feel less annoyed with those NDRRMC alerts!
1. Store clean bottled water and food supply, preferably those that require little to no preparation like canned goods (as long as they haven’t come in contact with flood water).
2. However, if you don’t have bottled water stored at home, your best bet without having to step out is to boil water yourself. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, you’ll have to filter the water first with a clean cloth or a coffee filter before letting it boil for at least one minute. Let it then cool naturally, and pour it into clean containers with covers.
3. Keep yourself updated with weather reports. The NDRRMC messages, no matter how jolting they may be, are particularly helpful and keep you in the know about the latest rainfall warnings, storm signals, or possible storms surges in your area or otherwise. These will keep you alert in case there’s a need for you to evacuate already. Plus, it’s also a good way to keep tabs on your loved ones’ situations depending on their location.
Note: If you have heart problems, that may be triggered by the message’s blaring alarms, so put your phone on vibrate or silent instead.
4. Battery-powered radios are also of the essence so you can stay in the loop with the outside world while keeping safe in your homes.
5. Remember to charge all of your phones, power banks, flashlights, and the like in case of emergency power outages.
6. Have a first aid kit ready especially for when you need to evacuate. Make sure you have the necessities like bandages, scissors, clean wipes, alcohol, and your family’s medicine.
7. Make sure to turn off your house’s main power source to avoid further accidents.
8. That being said, don’t use electrical appliances that have been submerged in flood water.
9. Keep a whistle with you. It’ll come in handy in rescue operations especially if you get stranded so you may easily be located.
10. Don’t wade through flood waters for as long as you can help it to avoid diseases like Leptospirosis.