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Super Typhoon Mangkhut, locally named Ompong, is expected to hit north on Friday, September 14. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) already raised the highest alert level in anticipation of its landfall in the Batanes-Cagayan area, which can extend to Metro Manila and Central Luzon. 

As much as we would like to blame the forecasted heavy rains on bes’ recent karaoke extravaganza, typhoons like these are to be taken with serious precaution and thorough preparedness. Here, we’ve listed 5 things to do to prepare for typhoons based on the DRR guidelines of humanitarian group Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).

Build an emergency kit

An emergency kit is a package of basic tools and supplies prepared in advance as an aid to an emergency. Its contents should include ready-to-eat food and water, light and fire devices for cooking, easy-to-pack clothes, important IDs and documents, hygiene kit (para fresh pa rin tayo, bes!) and a first aid kit.

Gather information

And we’re not talking about the latest chika on the group chat! Monitor the radio and television for more updates about the typhoon.

Secure your home

Don’t forget to lock your doors and close your windows as debris may find its way to your house during the storm. Also remember to secure outdoor objects, or bring them indoors. Remember, guard your house like you guard your jeje pics on Facebook.

Buy extra batteries and to charge all important electronic devices

We know that keeping your phone fully-charged is important to see crush’s Instagram story. But more than that, electronic devices keep you updated on the latest news of the storm. They’re also for communicating with relatives and loved ones, even notifying rescue teams. Installing a generator for power outages may also come in handy.

Find out where the nearest evacuation is

If your house is in a flood-prone area, find out where your nearest designated evacuation center is, malay mo nandun’ pa si crush. Char! If you are directed by local authorities that evacuating is the safest option for you before the storm hits, be sure to follow their instructions. Sabi nga ni John Lloyd, “Ingat!”

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