Super typhoon Yolanda stirred us as a nation and reminded us that it is better to be ready and safe than sorry. Although we are used to having typhoons every now and then, nothing prepared us for Yolanda’s aftermath. If you live in an area that is not prone to flash floods and storm surges, here are some ways to make your house typhoon-proof. If you think you can’t possibly make your house typhoon-proof, pre-emptive evacuation is still the best action.
1. Place shutters or strong plywood on your doors and windows to protect you from flying debris.
2. If there are trees near your house, prune them and remove its dead branches.
3. Reinforce your roof using a construction fastening system or very strong rope.
4. If you have a garage door, make sure that it can withstand the typhoon winds. If not, ask the contractors to reinforce it.
5. Make sure that your gutters are free of blockage to allow rainwater to flow freely.
6. Designate a dry and safe spot or a safe room in your house where you will stay. The picture below is a safe room I personally fancy.
7. Electricity would likely be down so prepare generator sets, flashlights, candles, lamps, and matches. Make sure that you have enough batteries on hand and make sure that they are fully-charged.
8. Put together basic supplies like water, food, and clothing that will last you for three to four days.
9. Make sure that you keep your cellphone lines open, in case your landline phone won’t work. Don’t forget to charge it fully.
10. Be updated with the news about the typhoon by listening to the radio or watching the television.
As a final note, always prioritize safety. As of the meantime, let’s take a look at this kick-ass typhoon proof house as a summary.