Thursday, November 7, 2013

Philippine Red Cross "Survival Tips" before, during and after the typhoon.

Before the Typhoon

· Store an adequate supply of food and clean water. Prepare foods 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 the 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.
· 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
· If your house was destroyed, make sure that it is already safe and 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.

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