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Typhoon preparedness: before the storm
- Plan to be at home. Postpone any work or travel commitments. If you are in a high-risk area, consider evacuating to a safer location, such as a relative’s home in another province. If you choose to evacuate, do so long before the typhoon is expected to make landfall.
- Check your supplies. Make sure your have plenty of fresh water for drinking and washing. Replenish your food and medical supplies, especially prescription medicine. Charge your batteries and emergency lights. Ensure that you have adequate cooking fuel.
- Prepare for flooding. Typhoons can cause flooding so protect your supplies and equipment from water.
- Survey your area. Fasten, reinforce or stow anything that may be blown by strong winds. Remember to check television antennas, windows and roofing. Know how to turn off your electrical and water supply.
- Monitor the news and weather forecast for advisories. The Prepare Manila Alert Feed compiles some useful weather, traffic, and emergency services feeds.
What to do during and after a typhoon
- Stay sheltered. Do not leave your house unless you need to evacuate.
- Continue monitoring the news for advisories. It may be a good idea to leave your radio or TV switched on for up-to-date information.
- Use battery operated lighting during brown-outs. Candles and gas lamps are a fire risk so if possible, use battery operating emergency lighting. Modern LED emergency lights can last many days of heavy use. If you have no choice but to use an open flame, take precautions against fire.
- Avoid floodwater. For more information on what to do during flooding, read the Prepare Manila Flood Guide.
- Evacuate if your area is unsafe. In most cases you will be better off at home but you may need to evacuate. Do so calmly. Remember to secure your home and belongings. Turn off any electrical and water supplies at the main switch. Check for safe routes and avoid areas with rivers or streams.