Pre-typhoon tips

Update yourself regularly with weather forecasts and advisories. Log on to the Internet, watch the news on TV and listen to the radio. (Tip: PAG-ASA has a Twitter account. Follow them at @PAGASAdost)

Clean water supply for drinking, washing and bathing may be scarce during and after a typhoon. Make sure you have enough supply to keep you clean and quenched during these times.

Keep a stock of foods with a long shelf life in your pantry, such as canned fish and meats, biscuits, cheeses, cup noodles, etc.

To prevent foods inside your refrigerator from spoiling, crank down the temperature to its lowest to prolong shelf life.

Assemble a typhoon preparation kit in your home containing batteries, vitamins and medicines, battery-operated radios, candles or flashlights, blankets, and the like. Make sure that mobile phones and emergency lighting systems are fully-charged.

De-clog gutters. See if your roof or any other part of your house can fare against heavy winds and rains.

Encourage your relatives, neighbors and friends to be prepared with you. Swap important contact information, such as emergency numbers of government offices, utility companies, and subdivision/ village authorities.

Report to VECO regarding any trees or tall structures (i.e. streamers and tarpaulins) close to power lines. Trim trees near these lines to avoid further damage to equipment and accidents like electrocution.

Typhoon tips

Stay indoors at all times. Electric wires, falling and flying debris, and other wind-swept materials outside can injure you.

Remain in the know through weather forecasts and the media. Keep a battery-operated radio within reach.

Refrain from using appliances during strong typhoons. Unplug these, to be safe. If possible, turn off the circuit breaker or main electrical power switch.

Move your appliances to the highest level in your house, especially when a flood starts to form inside. Keep dry and safe.

Post-typhoon tips

Report to your electrician on damages to load-side equipment.

After the storm, survey your area for safety hazards such as broken glass, uprooted trees, and damaged power lines. Report these to the proper authorities.

When you need to turn on a switch while the floor is still flooded, wear rubber sole boots or stand on a dry piece of board or carton (when the water recedes and only puddles remain) as you may be electrocuted. Remember that water conducts electricity.

Do not turn on damaged or corroded appliances due to floods brought by typhoons. Have these serviced and checked by your electrician.

Call 230-VECO (8326) to report power outages, damaged power lines, or any other matter where VECO can be of service.

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