Every year, devastating typhoons enter the Philippines and leave lots of damage, creating messes in the archipelago. Possibly, if we can be more prepared, we can lessen the scars left by storms every time the seasons come – so we’ll keep it straight to the point. Here are some tips that you may find useful when a storm arrives:
- Charge up all your gadgets. You never know when the electricity will get cut, so charge up! Get a powerbank as well if your gadget batteries can no longer make it, and charge that too!
- Have lights & batteries around. Remember to have candles and flashlights around just in case it is needed, and on top of that, make sure you have extra batteries to last you through a strong typhoon.
- Buy your prepaid load already. If you’re not on postpaid, then you may need to get yourself loaded for communication. This will allow you to give and receive updates regarding the weather situation.
- Bring your tech where flood can’t reach them. When water starts to build up on the streets, bring your cars to higher ground – the same applies to all your gadgets, wires, appliances and the like to try and avoid huge damages.
- If your phone gets wet, remove the batteries and put it in uncooked rice overnight. This is a way to try and save it.
- Download helpful apps. LED flashlights, Project NOAH, Arko, weather apps and even social media apps will prove to be useful not only to you but also to others. Know how to use them.
- Remember hashtags and get the emergency numbers. We can all stay connected together despite storms between us. Here is a sample of a list of hashtags that will be useful for typhoons such as #GlendaPH, and here are the emergency hotlines. You can also follow @RescuePH, @PhilRedCross, @DSWDserves, @MMDA and other Twitter accounts for quick updates.
Some typhoon-related stories:
- How to be tech-ready for a typhoon like Reming?
- Google publishes crisis response map for Typhoon Pablo
- Google launches Person Finder in Yolanda’s aftermath
- You can now donate to Typhoon Relief on Facebook
- Gov.ph launches Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH)
- Senate passes bill on free text alerts during calamities
- President signs into law Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act
Keep safe everyone!