Typhoon / Hurricane Safety Tips

You’ve probably seen it on the news. All of the damage & destruction caused by Typhoon Hagibis in Tokyo on Saturday 12th 2019. I am so grateful to say that, despite myself & a lot of people I know being in the firing line for the super-typhoon, we all came out the other side with not even scrapes or scratches amazingly!

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Since the recent event, I thought it would only be necessary & wise to tell you guys what I did to prepare for the typhoon & how you can prepare in case of such an emergency! It was a very scary experience but I am so grateful to have known what to do due to doing my research beforehand! I really hope this helps if you ever find yourself having to deal with a typhoon yourself! 

Before

What you do to prepare for the typhoon could be the most important part. I hate to say it but the reality is, you have to prepare for the worst because you never know what is going to happen. 

With that being said, this is how to prepare before, during & after the typhoon hits.

Monitor the news

Take all items off of windowsills 

Typhoons are very windy & will make your windows shake or even break. Take everything off the windowsills to ensure nothing falls during the typhoon.

Put tape on the windows

This strengthens the windows giving them less chance of breaking.

Get animals indoors

Run a bath of cold water 

This is in case the water stops working. You can use this water for flushing the toilet with although it’s not recommended to use as drinking water.

Charge all devices in case power goes out

Buy a survival kit: 

Things you will need to buy are :

  • battery-powered torches
  • candles
  • spare batteries
  • first aid kit 
  • lots of water
  • instant food

Do all of your shopping as in advance as possible because things get sold out very quickly. The shelves in Japanese supermarkets were completely baron of water & food the day before the typhoon hit.

Plan for evacuation

Packing a bag to go:

What to pack:

  • Important documents
  • Valuable items
  • Spare change of clothes & underwear for at least 2 days
  • Torches
  • Waterproof coat

Be prepared to leave before the typhoon

It’s much more dangerous to evacuate at night so if you’ve been told to evacuate, make sure you do it during the day, possibly even before the typhoon even hits.

During

Stay indoors but be ready to leave

Have your bag ready to go in case you have to evacuate during the typhoon. However, as already stated previously, do not leave during the night because it is much more dangerous to be in a typhoon then than during the day.

Keep an eye on the news for any changes or updates

Stay away from windows

Windows become very shaky & easily broken in the stormy weather so try to stay away from windows as much as possible! 

Keep the use of plugs to a minimum 

As said, charge all your devices up beforehand in case of a power cut. However, it may also be dangerous to use plug sockets during a typhoon. It is recommended for you to turn off the main electric supply if possible.

After

Let friends & family know the situation

This is the first thing you need to do when the typhoon has passed. You’re friends & family are going to be really worried about you so the sooner you can inform them about your situation, the better!

If you’ve had to leave, wait for authorities to tell you that it’s safe to go home

Stay away from damaged trees, power lines & buildings

Check your house for damaged parts

I hope that you found this blog post useful! If you did, please feel free to share the love on social media and join the Hello Vegan Bee mailing list for updates on other super helpful and informative posts in the future!

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