Saturday, July 24, 2010

Getting ready for the rainy (and typhoon) season

It's that time of year again, when the rains and storms start coming. We've been traumatized the past few years, with Milenyo and Frank, Ondoy and Pepeng to mention a few. Basyang just visited and wreaked havoc, not to mention caused a power outage that affected Metro Manila and a large part of Luzon.

We have to be prepared for a typhoon. There's no telling when another might strike and how much damage it would cost. Good thing we already have a comprehensive insurance on my car which now includes a clause for acts of God. I'm thinking if we should also have window visors installed on our cars in case of strong winds. How about protection in case the car goes under water? I've heard of horror stories of people drowning inside their cars during Ondoy. Or maybe in cases like these, it's best just to leave the cars and hope they are still salvageable when you come back for them. Your priority to save lives, your own, your family's and anybody else's. Strictly speaking, a car is simply a material possession.

Other preparations that we have: We also have rechargeable lamps on standby. I'm thinking of having rechargeable fans too. We also know where the ice plant is, so that in case of a prolonged power outage, we could buy ice for my refrigerated breast milk.

Hmm, what else? Maybe we should stock up on ready to eat foods like canned goods and instant noodles, and maybe some bottled water, just to be sure.

And whenever we go out, probably we should bring an emergency kit -- food, bottled water, change of clothes, extra that no matter where we end up, we could still have the basic necessities.

Disaster -- it's not avoidable. But we can at least be prepared and hopefully suffer minimal damage.

Here's hoping that there won't be too many disasters looming.