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How to stay safe, prepared during typhoon season

How to stay safe, prepared during typhoon season

Taipei, Sept. 28 (CNA) As Typhoon Dujuan bears down on Taiwan, there are several important safety measures that those new to typhoons need to know to not only keep loved ones safe but also to save time and trouble during the storm. Typhoons are a yearly occurence in Taiwan from June through October, and these storms create dangerous conditions that affect all Taiwanese residents. Below are some tips from the Central Weather Bureau that can help everyone stay safe and informed throughout the entire typhoon process: Before 1. Clean all outside drains of debris. IMPORTANT: Check periodically throughout the storm to clear out new debris, otherwise flooding will occur. 2. Secure all personal items outside, including: scooters, plant pots, bicycles, trash, recycling, and anything that can be picked up by strong wind gusts. Any loose item can become a dangerous flying hazard that could hit a person or window. 3. Stock up on water (2 liters per person per day). Due to high turbidity, water supplies during and after typhoons cannot be properly treated and are not safe to drink, usually for days after the typhoon. 4. Stock up on food. Stop by a neighborhood supermarket or 7-11 for canned foods and foodstuffs that don't need to be cooked in case of a power outage. 5. Charge up electronics in case of a power outage. 6. Store important documents in Ziploc bags or in waterproof casings in case of floods or potential water damage. During 1. Stay indoors. This is the simplest, yet most important tip to remember. Often, wind gusts reach dangerous levels that cause trees, signs and windows to fall and on some occasions fuel flying scooters. Even if the winds die down, they will most likely pick back up, so don't be fooled! 2. If an evacuation order is issued due to flooding, go to the nearest shelter and make sure to bring personal identification. These shelters are labeled with street signs. 3. Stay away from the windows and do not duct-tape windows. Taping windows creates larger shards of glass if they break during a storm. 4. Check your balconies periodically for potential flying hazards, and don't forget about the drains. 5. Check the Central Weather Bureau website ( to find out current news on transportation, work and weather conditions. After 1. Make sure the storm has finished passing through the area before going outside. When there is a lull in the wind, it could just be the eye of the storm, which means there is much more wind and rain to come. 2. Look out for obstacles and debris while commuting and stay away from major disaster areas. 3. Check water quality and do not drink if water is murky or appears abnormal in any way. 4. Do not visit mountainous areas because mudslides/landslides are more likely to occur. (By Rachel McGuffin)

Updated : 2021-09-25 18:27 GMT+08:00