West Side Storm Surges

Typhoons leave most families homeless and devastated in Western Visayas or the Region VI. The central islands of the archipelago is hit by an average of 20 typhoons and/or tropical storms every year, which kill hundreds, even thousands.

The killer typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) displaced at least 515,071 families, including the badly hit Iloilo and Capiz on November 2013. Yolanda is the 5th major global storm to hit the Philippines since 2007.

Quinta (Wukong) is said to be the 17th and last typhoon to hit the country in the year of 2012. It is considered as one of the strongest to hit Iloilo, Aklan and Capiz and it left dead people.

938 deaths estimated to 1,501 were caused by Frank (Fengsheng) in July 2008. Among the 6 provinces in the region, Iloilo was the worst hit followed by Antique and then Capiz.

These three typhoons are the most intense storms in recorded history that slammed the west side. Mostly affected communities are along the rivers and those of the depressed ones. But when calamity hits us, it hits us, wherever we may be.

There is a never-ending pattern of storms that hit the country. The chaos of a typhoon is a prime time for injury, so your safety and that of your nearest and dearest should be your priority. Here are ways and tips to know what to do before, during and after it happens.

  • Always have emergency kits at homeA kit should have a flashlight, a tool like a Swiss knife, batteries, first aid, medicines, sanitation and hygiene items, contact information of the family members and some cash.
  • Check your food and water supply. Make sure you have enough supply of easy to prepare foods and clean water.
  • Elevate valuables and electronics ahead of time. Of course you don’t want to risk your flat screen television, sofa set, refrigerator and other home furnitures and electronics so move them to a higher level because there is no room for risks.
  • Listen to the radio.  Tune in to the radio and stand-by for the latest updates. Put in mind that electricity cuts off during storms so better have extra batts for your radio. 
  • Charge gadgets and emergency lights. This is for you to be able to use some help because chances are high that you’ll lose power at some point. 
  • Think of an alternate safe area for evacuation. This should be in your mind in times of devastation. You have to have plans a and b, but during the typhoon it is best to just stay inside as much as possible and keep everyone around you calm. 
  • After the typhoon, monitor still. Continue to check news sites and get updated through sites, radio stations and TV. 
  • Pray. Just pray and pray and pray and let God. 

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