Preparing for a typhoon

Discussion in 'Natural, Temporary, and Permanent Shelter' started by Corzhens, Jul 6, 2016.

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  1. Corzhens

    Corzhens Master Survivalist

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    For those living in a tropical country, I'm sure you understand what a typhoon is, what perils it can give us. How would you prepare for a coming typhoon that is predicted to be strong as to destroy a house? That clue would make us scared if we live in a hut or a house made of light materials. People in the rural area would tie their house to the nearby trees with big ropes to serve as anchor in case the winds would be so strong. Some others would add a wooden brace to the posts of their houses.

    If there is a prediction of a storm surge or a tidal wave, the best is to seek shelter in higher places. Do not gamble your life in staying in your house. Get out until there is time.
  2. Keith H.

    Keith H. Moderator Staff Member

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    Here we keep a good store of food in the pantry, & we fill the bath with water. If no bath then we fill water containers. This of course is in a cyclone proof house. If you are not living in a cyclone proof house, then you grab all your valuables & go to a cyclone shelter. I believe it is law now in the Territory that ALL new houses must be cyclone proof.

    Since we lost everything in cyclone Tracey in xmas 74, we have moved to New England. No cyclones here :)
    What you see here is under the house. Very little house on top left. The louvers to the right were part of the house on stilts. I erected them to block off part of the underneath of the house. We lived on the ground under the floor of the house after the cyclone.
  3. explorerx7

    explorerx7 Expert Member

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    Where I live there is not that great concern of the effects of the winds on the houses. The houses are predominantly prefabricated concrete structures with slab roofs. The major consideration would be for the loss of power, loss of water supply, and flooding. We would stock up on candles, kerosene for lamps canned foods, candles, flashlights, batteries, and we would store as much water as can. For cooking we would ensure that there is a filled extra tank of propane gas. Any trees which are near to the houses would be trimmed and ptotection would be added to windows. The wost part of the after hurricane, (as it is called in our part of the world), situation is the accesing of water which is usually a big problem.
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  4. Endure

    Endure Expert Member

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    This post reminds me the tips Red Cross issued to suggest what to do before, during and after a typhoon.

    Before :

    • Store an adequate supply of food and clean water. Prepare foods that need not be cooked.
    • Keep flashlights, candles and battery-powered radios within easy reach.
    • Examine your house and repair its unstable parts.
    • Always keep yourself updated with the latest weather report.
    • Harvest crops that can be yielded already.
    • Secure domesticated animals in a safe place.
    • For fisher folks, place boats in a safe area.
    • Should you need to evacuate, bring clothes, first aid kit, candles/flashlight, battery-powered radio, food, etc.
    • Stay inside the house.
    • Always keep yourself updated with the latest weather report.
    • If safe drinking water is not available, boil water for at least 20 minutes. Place it in a container with cover.
    • Keep an eye on lighted candles or gas lamps.
    • Do not wade through floodwaters to avoid being electrocuted and contracting diseases.
    • If there is a need to move to an evacuation center, follow these reminders.
    • Evacuate calmly.
    • Close the windows and turn off the main power switch.
    • Put important appliances and belongings in a high ground.
    • Avoid the way leading to the river.
    After the typhoon
    • If your house was destroyed, make sure that it is already safe when you enter.
    • Beware of dangerous animals such as snakes that may have entered your house
    • Watch out for live wires or outlet immersed in water.
    • Report damaged electrical cables and fallen electric posts to the authorities.
    • Do not let water accumulate in tires, cans or pots to avoid creating a favorable condition for mosquito breeding
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