What to do when these twin killers visit?
- Trust in weather forecasts
- Never give credence to rumors
- Heed storm warnings
- Preparedness ensure maximum safety
- Make checklist of what to do
- Board up windows and prop the house
- Prepare supplies that you may need
- Learn the place where to evacuate
- Prepare the supplies that you may need in the evacuation center
- Know how to distinguish danger objects or signs
It is, therefore, advisable to keep tuned to the radio, television, or read the newspaper for the weather reports. Never give credence to rumors. Heed storm warnings. Listening to weather forecasts is not enough. It is important, too, that each individual heed storm warnings. All device issued by the weather bureau, or local leaders and agencies, should be followed.
Learn to prepare your family for the storm. Family preparedness may ensure maximum safety to all members. Before the storm hits your locality, start making your own checklist of what to do and assign each member his respective responsibilities. Board up windows and prop the house with strong timber and the like if you think it cannot withstand strong winds.
Learn where to evacuate. People residing in low-lying areas prone to flooding and along beaches where huge waves are likely to occur should know beforehand the places where they can safely evacuate. Places annually subjected to flooding may have pre-designated evacuation centers all ready.
Prepare beforehand the supplies that you may need in the centers. Know how to distinguish danger objects or signs. Hazards common during storms or floods are the following: dangling electric live wires, open manholes, flying debris, falling trees or electric posts and cracked window panes. These are the common causes of injuries, if not deaths, during these disasters.