How to Cope With Typhoons

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A typhoon's winds can blow in excess of 155 mph.
A typhoon's winds can blow in excess of 155 mph. (Image: Storm image by Buonfiglio from Fotolia.com)

If you are traveling to continents within the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans you may experience a typhoon. Identical to a tropical hurricane, typhoons typically occur during the months of August, September and October. During a typhoon winds can reach destructive levels of more than 155 mph. If you have the misfortune to experience a typhoon, there are specific steps that must be followed to help you and your family cope.

Before the Typhoon

Prepare a storm survival kit, which will keep you safe and healthy when you do not have access to modern facilities or luxuries. When residents receive a typhoon warning they should purchase bottled water, food, a first-aid kit, changes of clothes, flashlight and batteries and garbage bags. Purchase items that will last for a minimum of three days.

Board the windows to provide additional safety for you and your family during the storm, as well as decrease your chances of your windows breaking. Use plywood or aluminum frames to cover all windows and doors before the storm hits. Plywood and aluminum have a better chance of withstanding the typhoon winds and blowing debris.

Check outside for any loose objects. Firmly secure or bring inside any items that appear loose or are not securely fastened. Any items that are not secure can blow in the strong typhoon winds and injure people or damage your property.

Prepare the inside of your home. Turn off major electrical appliances that do not require a constant power source. Also move away items from windows and doors so that they do not become damaged by the wind or rain. Turning your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting will also help keep the units cooler for longer periods of time if the electricity goes out.

Purchase a battery powered radio. Get backup batteries that will last for a minimum of three days, as listening to the radio will allow you to keep up-to-date with weather conditions, evacuation routes and dangerous areas that surface because of the typhoon.

During the Storm

Stay calm during the storm by playing music and listening to updated weather reports. Ensure that the area where you are seeking shelter is away from windows and doors and is on a lower level structure.

Be aware of the typhoon’s eye. The eye of the typhoon can trick people into thinking that the storm is weakening or finished, when in fact it is about to strengthen again rather quickly. Listening to updated weather reports on your battery powered radio can tell you when the eye is over your area.

Stay inside until emergency personnel or radio reports inform you that it is safe to venture out. Going outside during a typhoon is extremely dangerous as you can be hit by debris that is moving as fast as 155 mph.

After the Typhoon

Use caution when going outside. After a typhoon there could be extreme flooding, downed power lines and sharp objects in and around your property. Stay away from all electrical lines and large bodies of water.

Check to see if your next door neighbors need any assistance. Often times, after a typhoon, neighbors pull their resources together to ensure that everyone gets help.

Survey your property and look for any areas that were damaged by the storm. If needed, take photographs with a digital camera so they can be forwarded to your insurance company when you make a claim.

Call your friends and loved ones to let them know you are OK. Not only can you give them peace of mind about your safety, they might also offer to lend you a hand when it comes to cleaning up.

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