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The more we prepare for typhoons and floods, the more we can minimize its damages. Here’s what to do when the rainy season starts.

 

Come up with an emergency plan. Each family member should be aware of what they need to do when there is a typhoon and floods happen. Parents should inform themselves of preparedness and response issues, and they should share this information with their children. 

 

Learn what hazards exist in your community and how to prepare for each. Then, meet with your family to discuss what you would do, as a group, in each situation. Next, take steps to prepare your family for disasters by posting emergency phone numbers, selecting an out-of-town or province family contact, assembling disaster supplies kits for each member of your household and installing smoke detectors or alarms as necessary on each level of your home. Finally, practice your Family Disaster Plan so that everyone will remember what to do when a disaster does occur and where to meet in case of emergency.

 

Give each member of the family their own emergency kit, which they can easily grab when they need to evacuate. You’ll use it if you need to leave your home because of a disaster. The emergency items need to be in a portable bag (like a backpack or other easy-to-carry container with handles). It’s a good idea to have more than one emergency kit. That way, you can divide up the supplies. You want to make sure the bags are easy to carry and don’t get in the way of evacuation. Remember: Your emergency kit should have something for everyone in the family.

 

 

Prioritize the safety of children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with disabilities. If you have a disability, always keep in mind your particular needs when you arrange your emergency kit. Don’t just follow a general list.

 

 

Don't forget to lock up before you evacuate from your house. Turn off the house's main power switch, unplug all the electric appliances, turn off the faucets, and make sure all the gas appliances are secured.

 

 

If you are already in a safe location during a typhoon, refrain from going out to avoid accidents and floods. Don't forget to contact family members and inform them of your location.

 

 

Be careful of wet wirings, slippery floors, broken glass and insects that might be brought by floods. Make sure everything is safe and clean before returning to your home.

 

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