MANILA, Philippines - As typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) is expected to hit parts of Eastern Visayas, Globe Telecom advised customers in the affected areas to charge their mobile phones and other mobile devices, in case of power outages.
As of Thursday afternoon, public storm warning signal numbers 2 and 1 have been raised over 21 areas, mostly in the super typhoon "Yolanda"-battered Visayas.
Ruby has already been classified by the US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) as a super typhoon
Globe also suggested customers buy power banks and rechargeable lamps with USBs, in case they need to charge their phones.
The telco also offered some tips to conserve battery life of smartphones:
1. Log off or turn off unnecessary mobile apps or at least disable push notifications for nonessential apps
2. Turn off unnecessary radios such as GPS, blue tooth and Wi-Fi.
3. Switch off vibrate function and utilize ring tone instead.
4. Turn off sync function.
5. Dim LCD screens and shorten screen timeout
6. Minimize notifications and use phone only when necessary
Also, those living in areas identified in the path of "Hagupit" should also make sure their lists of contacts are in order, including emergency numbers such as the nearest hospital, police stations and barangay or community leaders.
"We are now strengthening our disaster-preparedness program in terms of added facilities, supplies, infrastructure, and manpower support so we can immediately attend to network and service concerns that may arise due to the typhoon," Globe Senior Vice-President for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto said.
Globe has also mobilized regional teams to ensure they are well equipped to address network issues that could arise from the typhoon. Preparations include deployment of back-up supplies, power tools and infra materials, spares and back-up fuel.
Crisanto said Globe's disaster-preparedness program also includes employee-safety measures to be implemented in areas that will likely be affected.