What to do before, during, after a super typhoon

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 06 2013 04:38 PM | Updated as of Nov 07 2013 03:10 AM

MANILA -- The Philippine Red Cross has issued some tips on what to do before, during and after a typhoon as 'Yolanda' (Haiyan) approaches the country.

Before the typhoon, the public is advised to store adequate supply of food and clean water. Prepare foods that need not be cooked.

Keep flashlights, candles and battery-powered radios within easy reach.

Examine your house and repair its unstable parts.

Always keep yourself updated with the latest weather report.

Harvest crops that can be yielded already.

Secure domesticated animals in a safe place.

For fisherfolk, place boats in a safe area.

Should you need to evacuate, bring clothes, first aid kit, candles/flashlight, battery-powered radio, food, etc.

During the typhoon, everyone is advised to stay inside the house.

Always keep yourself updated with the latest weather report.

If safe drinking water is not available, boil water for at least 20 minutes. Place it in a container with cover.

Keep an eye on lighted candles or gas lamps.

Do not wade through floodwaters to avoid being electrocuted and contracting diseases.

If there is a need to move to an evacuation center, follow these reminders:

Evacuate calmly.

Close the windows and turn off the main power switch.

Put important appliances and belongings in a high ground.

Avoid the way leading to the river.

If your house was destroyed, make sure that it is already safe and stable when you enter.

Beware of dangerous animals such as snakes that may have entered your house.

Watch out for live wires or outlets immersed in water.

Report damaged electrical cables and fallen electric posts to authorities.

Do not let water accumulate in tires, cans or pots to avoid creating a favorable condition for mosquito breeding.

RED CROSS ON ALERT

Meantime, the Red Cross is now on full alert after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issued a weather advisory in line with super typhoon 'Yolanda' (Haiyan), which is expected to make landfall over Samar and Leyte on Friday.

As of Wednesday morning, the center of Typhoon 'Yolanda' was located east of Mindanao. It had maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 185 kilometers per hour.

'Haiyan' is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday morning.

PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said that Red Cross chapters in Visayas have already been alerted for any untoward incident that may arise due to the typhoon.

"We enjoin staff and volunteers of Red Cross chapters based in Visayas to be alert 24 hours a day and continue to monitor their respective areas. We should always be prepared to act immediately for any untoward incident," said Gordon.

PRC rescue equipment, rubber boats, generator sets, fuel and vehicles will also be on stand by for possible operation and deployment.

Gordon encouraged the public to continue to monitor, coordinate and report status of evacuees, overflow of dams, landslides, flooding and other incidents to the PRC National Headquarters Operation Center.

PRC is also coordinating for the prepositioning of food items for 5,000 families, which will be handed over to PRC chapters that would need urgent support for response operation.

Non-food items such as laundry soap, bath soap, kitchen sets and tarpaulins will also be sent.