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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Awaiting Super Typhoon Yolanda

A few days ago, a very strong storm developed in the Pacific. Haiyan was formed in almost perfect conditions to become the strongest storm in the world this year. Haiyan is locally known as Yolanda. Super Typhoon Yolanda has a similar path of the legendary typhoon Ruping that battered Cebu.   Yolanda is much stronger, though. Packing winds of over 250 kph near the center, it is bound to create much damaged. 

One factor that substantially increased the survival rate of Filipinos is the internet. the internet helped newsmen and bloggers get more information about the typhoon. Information is very important because the government weather bureau PAGASA do not provide ample details until the weather disturbance enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility. With more information and early detection, more Filipinos become aware of the potentially catastrophic weather occurrence.

Class suspensions were announced days early and many people started preparing for the super typhoon as early as Monday. There was a buying frenzy for flashlights and canned goods. Grocery sales were good.

I ended up buying a few flashlights even if knew that landfall would likely be during daytime. It's better to be safe than sorry I guess.  My mom in law told me that she was not able to buy flashlight because they were no stocks anymore at the Fooda Panagdait.  I have drive Parkmall to be able buy it.  There were ample stocks in Handyman in Parkmall and there were a lot of people there.
I also bought cellphone load and subscribed to unlimited internet just in case. Hopefully, the signal would still be good during and after the typhoon.  I am also hoping that there will be no power outages.

Cebu was put under public storm signals earlier today but all in all, it was a nice cloudy day. Many people were actually confused on the absence of rain or winds but I think PAGASA just wanted to err on the side of  caution. The wait for Yolanda is quite tough. It's like fighting Manny Pacquiao and you know you can't lower your defenses because the power punch will come, you just don't know when. 
While waiting, I prepared a checklist on the things that I should have when Yolanda  strikes.

1. Load - How can you call people if you have no load.
2. Charge - There is a big possibility of brownouts  so you have to charge everything.
3. Cash - Just in case you need to buy stuff and if there's no power then there will be No ATMS.
4. Food - You have to buy easy to prepare items.  You may even also have to buy dog food if you have pet dogs.  
5. Water - It is probably one of the most important things to have. You can survive days of being hungry but not much being thirsty.
6. Emergency Lights - This is a priority especially for people who doesn't like sleeping without lights.
7. Parking - You have to move your cars in a safe place. You should park away from weak structures, poles, or trees.
8. Documents - Passports, Insurance, Bank Books must be in dry and secure place. Flooding could happen and it will be tiring to replace these documents if gets wet.
9. Emergency Numbers - You have to know who to call in case of emergency.
10. Wires - Disconnect appliances from the sockets that could be flooded.


How about you, have you prepared anything?

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Another Super Typhoon is on its way....

Just weeks after parts of the country was devastated by a strong earthquake, a super typhoon is set to make landfall in the country days from now.  Way back in December, this blog had an article about preparing for Super Typhoon Pablo, which was supposed to pass Cebu but changed course and it still became the most destructive typhoon in Philippine history.

Costliest Philippine typhoons
RankNamesDates of impactPHPUSDRef
1Bopha, (Pablo)December 2 -9, 201242.2 billion1.04 billion[18]
2Parma, (Pepeng)October 2–10, 200927.3 billion608 million[19]
3Nesat, (Pedring)September 26–28, 201115 billion333 million[20]
4Fengshen, (Frank)June 20 -23, 200813.5 billion301 million[21]
5Ketsana, (Ondoy)September 25 -27, 200911 billion244 million[19]
6Mike, (Ruping)November 10 - 14, 199010.8 billion241 million[22]
7Angela, (Rosing)October 30 - November 4, 199510.8 billion241 million[22]
8Flo, (Kadiang)October 2 - October 6, 19938.75 billion195 million[22]
9Megi (Juan)October 18 - October 21, 20108.32 billion193 million[23]
10Babs, (Loleng)October 20 - 23 19986.79 billion151 million[22]

Based on this list, six of the ten most costly typhoons came in the last 5 years.  Super Typhoon Yolanda (international code: Haiyan) is coming and it could potentially make this list as it is expected to cross the central part of the country. It is time for everyone to prepare while it is early.

This blog had an article about what to prepare days before a strong typhoon comes.  Here is the LINK.
I would like to add these tips:
1. Load up your prepaid phones. How can you contact or call anyone if you do not have load. If possible, load unliText.
2. Secure important papers and documents.
3. Have an emergency cash. You have to withdraw money this early because there will be a chance that power will be cut off and you cannot use the ATMs anymore.

Let us hope and pray that typhoon will not cause so much damage or loss of life.  It's always better to prepare this early and we have to spread the word.  Initial forecasts say that the super typhoon will not make landfall in Cebu but typhoons are unpredictable and its course could change in a few hours.  Last year, many thought Super Typhoon Pablo will just affect the Visayas but instead it devastated Mindanao, where most people were unprepared for its wrath making it the costliest typhoon in history. Pablo caused the death of 1,146 people.  Super typhoons should be taken seriously and early preparation is a must.

Keep safe, everyone!

Forecasted Storm Track


Links:
Time to Prepare for a Super Typhoon
Remembering Typhoon Ruping
Haiyan (Yolanda) gaining strength
Emergency Numbers for Cebu Residents
Cebuanos prepare for Super Typhoon Yolanda


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Kalag kalag 2013: 2nd stop - Angelicum

The second stop of my All Saint's day itinerary was Angelicum.


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