Whether it is a typhoon or a hurricane, it is a good idea to be prepared when the season hits. Typhoons occur in the Western Pacific while hurricanes happen in the Atlantic Ocean or on the west coast of the Americas. Planning ahead can help you both survive the typhoon and make it through the bad weather.
The first decision is if you are going to stay in your home during the storm or evacuate to higher or safe ground. If the storm is not too strong, you may be able to ride it out in your home. However, if the winds are very strong or if there is a storm surge, you may need to evacuate. It is always best to listen to you local weather officials or the weather channel to determine if a mandatory evacuation has been ordered.
Keep a list handy of radio and television stations where you and your family can get up-to-date weather information. You should also list emergency phone numbers and addresses for storm shelters. Make sure you know where the evacuation routes are in case you need to leave quickly.
Identify a location for everyone in the family to meet up should you be separated. Also, be sure everyone has the name and phone number of an out-of-state relative or friend who they can call to inform them that everyone is safe. This out-of-state friend or relative then starts a phone tree calling the rest of the family and/or friends.
Locate a shelter or place where you pets can go if you need to evacuate. Most storm shelters have a no-pets policy.
Before you leave, be sure to shut off the gas, water, and electricity.
Prepare A Typhoon Kit
Where you stay and ride out the storm or evacuate, pt together a typhoon kit that has the essentials, you will need until you can get back to your home or until utilities are restored.
Pack non-perishable food, along with disposable plates, cups, and flatware. Also, pack bottled water. Pack enough for each person and the pets to survive for three days
Each person will need about three gallons of clean water daily. This will be used for drinking and washing up. Pets will need water, too.
Put lanterns, batteries, flashlights, matches, and candles in the kit. Also, put in a small, battery operated radio with both AM and FM.
Include a first aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic ointment, butterfly bandages, a needle and thread, and alcohol wipes or a bottle alcohol along with cotton pads. Also, include a bottle of pain relief medication and anti-inflammatory medication. Also, include anti-diarrheal medication and upset stomach medication.
Also, pack a deck or two cards, some board games and books.
Ensure you also include plastic bags and paper towels. You may also want to include cleaning spray and antibacterial hand wash liquid.
Pack Your Bags
Before you grab your Typhoon kit, take a few minutes to pack bags for everyone in the family, including the pets. Include enough toiletries and clothes for three days. Take along a pillow and blanket for each person and place them in a garbage bag to stay dry.
Place the typhoon kit and the personal bags near the exit so they can be grabbed quickly if you are ordered to evacuate.