Make sure to bring in any loose items from your balcony or backyard, like potted plants and laundry racks to avoid them smashing into your windows or flying away. Also, remove any items you may have stored near or under a tree in case it falls down.
If you know in advance that a typhoon is heading your way, it’s also best to stock up on food, groceries and bottled water. Don’t wait until the last minute – that’s typically when panic buyers leave store shelves with little to no stock. If you have a bath at home, consider filling your tub with water so you’ll have an emergency supply and can save the bottled stuff for drinking.
In case you have to leave in a hurry, it’s also a good idea to have an evacuation bag ready and filled with the following essentials:
- Drinkable water (a water bottle will do)
- Flash light (with spare batteries)
- Chargers and external batteries for devices
- Plastic bags (for keeping things dry)
- Spare clothes
- Copies of important documents
- First aid or medical kit
- Face masks
- Hand sanitiser