{Guest Post} Preparing Your Home for a Storm

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Tropical countries like the Philippines are prone to being caught in the middle of a storm.  Every year, the Philippines prepare for at least three major tropical storms to pass through the country reaping devastation and destruction in the lives and homes of the common folk.  Like the storm Yolanda in November of 2013, parts of the country can be stripped down to its bare structure of deformed bars. In the Philippines, typhoon season is an expected occurrence.  Listed below are ways that will guide you in preparing your home for a storm.  

General Home Maintenance

The rainy season is upon us, and with that come the more destructive tropical typhoons that can pass without casualties, or leave the country in dour circumstances.  Prepare your home firstly by doing general home maintenance.  Check your roof for leaky areas, and mend them appropriately.  Check your home’s drain system and clean out the gutters to avoid blockage or clogging in the pipes.  Make sure that your home and garden are secure, as well as ensure that loose items around your home are firmly tethered to something.  Ensure, too, that trees around your neighborhood and around your home are properly trimmed to avoid large falling leaves that can very well be destructive to your home and the neighborhood.

Home Safety

When you’ve completely checked the outside of your house for safety and security, it is time now to ensure that the inside of your home is properly optimized in case of an emergency.  Firstly, locate the best possible room for you and your family to shelter in.  In this space, ensure that there are ample supplies on hand.  Food, containers of water, fuel, a cooking stove, a torch, and extra fuel should be included in your list of essentials. Learn, too, how to turn off your main power switch line, gas, and your water line as a safety precaution.  If you live in a neighborhood that can easily be flooded, ensure that poisonous chemicals are stored way above ground level.  The same goes for power points and furniture that needs to be raised or items that need to be emptied.  Ensure that they are out of the flood prone area.  As a side note, portable generators are not advisable to be used in an enclosed space.  Portable generators emit carbon monoxide, a colourless and odourless gas that can cause incapacitation, or death.

Family Safety

Once you’ve secured your home, ensure that your family is aware of safety precaution.  Have them prepare a go-bag, or a bag filled with the basic necessities like spare clothing, toothbrush, some water in a small bottle, as well as a first aid kit.  This will make them ready for anything that might transpire in case of emergency.  Ensure, too, that they have a torch in their go-bag.  Make sure that each member of your family is familiar with the emergency route in case of evacuation.

There are ways for you to ensure that your family is kept safe during these rough typhoon seasons.  Keep a checklist of the things that you need for your safety and as a precaution, and regularly check your supplies just in case.  Tether your garden items to blocks of wood or on deformed bars.  The Philippines as a tropical country has always been an area prone to storms.  Prepare your home and your family for a safe recovery from the destruction of tropical storms.

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