When Supertyphoon Rolly (International name: Goni) was forecast to hit the Philippines on the first day of November 2020, people remembered the major damages to life and property that Supertyphoon Yolanda brought in November 2013 and braced for the worst.
From home emergency preparations to forced evacuations, along with checking on loved ones and prayer requests, the people on the island of Luzon prepared while listening to weather forecasts and news reports.
Filipinos are used to typhoons hitting the tropical country, yes, but typhoons during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic require additional preparations to stay healthy and safe against both the typhoon and the virus.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) released these safety tips for when Typhoons hit the country during the pandemic:
- Monitor for updates posted by the Dost_pagasa weather news, bulletins, and advisories.
- Prepare a “Go Bag” that contains food, clothes, whistle, flashlight, radio, cash, and other emergency items.
- Keep the practice of wearing your face mask and face shield, sanitizing, and physical distancing, especially in evacuation centers.
- Those aged 60 and above, 15 and below, disabled, and pregnant women are advised to stay at home as much as possible. If an evacuation is necessary, ensure minimum contact with other people.
Check out this Guide for When Strong Earthquakes Strike During Pandemic
HazardHunterPH allows Filipinos to access if their location is at risk for volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and other hazards.
The Philippines’ earthquake-prone areas and natural hazards are also mapped in the new Phivolcs web tool GeoMapperPH.
Stay safe, Pilipinas!
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