Typhoon Preparation And Checklist
by Justine Camacho-Tajonera
· Food and water
o Better if you store food that doesn’t easily spoil like canned goods, noodles and food cooked with vinegar
· Disposable utensils
· Can and bottle openers
· Plastic-ware to store food and supplies
· First Aid Kit
· Flashlights and candles
· Games and activities
· Paper towels
· Garbage bags
Plan In Advance
1. Check if you can remain in your home during the typhoon. You may be able to ride out a weak typhoon but will need to evacuate for stronger storms. Listen for warnings from your local government officials or official local media broadcasts in situations where evacuation is ordered. Note the evacuation routes and plan to leave early.
2. Make lists of television and radio stations where you can get storm information, phone numbers to call in case of emergencies and locations of relief shelters. Get directions for the relief shelters.
3. Have a location for you and your family members to meet if you get separated and the number of a relative in the province to call to say everyone is safe. Have a list of phone numbers of relatives that you will want to inform about your condition. The out-of-town relative can be the one to start the phone brigade to your list after learning you are okay.
4. Find a place to take your pets where they will be safe if you have to evacuate. Some relief centers may not allow pets.
5. Remember to turn off electricity, water and gas to your home before evacuating.
Put Together A Typhoon Kit
1. Pack food that doesn't have to be refrigerated or cooked along with disposable plates, bowls, forks, knives and spoons. Each person and pet in the home should have enough to eat for three days. For those with babies, please remember that exclusive breastfeeding is best for infants up to six months old. This is especially important in times of calamities and emergencies.
2. Store water. Each person needs three gallons of clean water to drink and to use for washing. Pets also need water. For babies, please note that they are constantly feeding. If you are formula feeding or doing mixed feeding, please store additional sterilized water for your baby (both for feeding and cleaning bottles).
3. Have flashlights, oil lamps, lanterns and candles, along with extra batteries, matches and fuel on hand.
4. Include a first aid kit in your typhoon kit.
5. Pack board games, reading materials, card decks and a battery-operated radio. For babies and small children, make sure to include a favorite toy or blanket.
6. Prepare a box of garbage bags and paper towels.
Pack Your Bags
1. Pack a small bag or backpack for each person in the home. It should include clothes and toiletries for three days. For babies, make sure to include cloth or disposable diapers and extra plastic bags to store diapers or soiled cloth diapers.
2. Include a blanket and pillow for each person and place them in garbage bags (to keep them dry) to take along when evacuating.
3. Include a small water-proof bag or satchel of photos and documents you want to keep dry and safe, such as wills, passports and government-issued certificates.
4. Place everyone's bag and bed bundle near the door so they can be quickly loaded into the car if you decide to evacuate. Make sure your car has enough gas.