Typhoon Survival Tips From the Red Cross

Typhoon Rammasun
Typhoon Rammasun (CREDIT: EPA)

Typhoon Rammasun has wreaked havoc on Asia’s eastern coast this week, slamming the Phillippines before making its way up to China on Friday.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has issued a number of important tips for typhoon survival in the last week, Inquirer.net reported.

     Inspect your house and repair the unstable parts. Harvest the crops that may be ready for market. Keep flashlights, candles and battery-powered radios within easy reach. And if you must evacuate your home, avoid the way that leads to the river.

“It’s the beginning of the typhoon season, and the Red Cross is preparing its assets on the ground to orchestrate an immediate response whenever necessary,” PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang said in a statement last week.

The following tips were provided by PRC, according to a release on Journal.com.

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.