It’s raining again outside our house and it just seem like a good time to make a post about it, and reminisce my past experience about the rainy days here in the Philippines.
Tropical storms or Typhoons are common occurrences here. When the season sets in, nobody could predict the effects it would bring. Sometimes it’s just the usual downpours we Filipino’s experience. Wet, cold, and a nuisance to travel. But every now and then, all hell breaks loose. Just like what happened last year here in Metro Manila when Typhoon Ondoy(Ketsana) decided to pay us a visit.
So if you’re living here, you should always be prepared for such things. The past rainy season taught me lot in terms of preparation. I now make it a point to check my stores for emergency purposes like candles, matches, batteries for flashlight, etc., and make certain it’s always ready and accessible. I also view the sites that gives information about the weather like storm2k , typhoon2000 , JMA , JTWC , etc. I never rely on our local weather bureau, which is PAGASA , because in my opinion they’re inaccurate and inefficient.
Much more, I am a dialysis patient and my treatment schedules doesn’t recognize any type of “Typhoon Holidays”. I learned it the hard way last year and taught me a couple of valuable lessons. So I compiled some tips which I implement myself and hope it could be useful to my fellow patients and readers as well.
Always stay updated whenever a storm or typhoon is coming in.
Tune to your reliable weather resource for information and take notice of the typhoon’s path if possible.
If it’s going to pass your location, know it’s ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) ahead of time so you could compare it with your treatment schedule.
If there’s a conflict, and the typhoon that’s coming in is strong, call your clinic and ask for a re-schedule if possible.
If not, be sure to have someone with you when going to the clinic and pack some extra clothes. You’ll never know what would happen or whether you might have to stay in the clinic for a while if things worsen. It’s better to be ready than sorry.
Well, I hope the things I’ve listed above would be useful for you. It served me well in facing the other storms that passed our country after Ondoy, and I hope it could do as much for you too.