Typhoon Preparedness

SUGGESTED CITIZEN INSTRUCTIONS

 

  1. GENERAL INFORMATION –{…read more…}:
  2. PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES – AFTER WARNINGS AND PRIOR TO TYPHOON:{…read more…}:
  3.  EVACUATION{…read more…}:
  4. SAFETY MEASURES – AFTER PASSAGE OF TYPHOON {…read more…}:
  5. THINGS YOU WILL NEED TO PREPARE FOR A TYPHOON (TYPHOON KIT){…read more…}:
  6. SAFETY PROCEDURES DURING AND AFTER TYPHOON  [..Carolinian..]  [..Chamorro..]
  7. TYPHOON – SUGGESTED CITIZEN INSTRUCTIONS  [..Carolinian..]  […Chamorro..]

 


A.   GENERAL INFORMATION – WARNINGS

1.THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (TYPHOON COMMAND POST), ISSUES WARNINGS WHEN A TYPHOON IS APPROACHING THE ISLANDS OF THE COMMONWEALTH.

2.A TYPHOON WATCH – MEANS A TYPHOON MAY THREATEN OUR AREA WITHIN 72 HOURS. A TYPHOON WATCH IS NOT A TYPHOON WARNING, BUT AN ALERT FOR THE EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC IN PROSPECTIVELY THREATENED AREAS. WHEN OUR AREA IS UNDER A TYPHOON WATCH, CONTINUE NORMAL ACTIVITIES, BUT STAY TUNED TO RADIO AND TV STATIONS FOR ALL WEATHER BULLETINS AND ADVISORIES.

3.A TYPHOON WARNING – MEANS BULLETINS AND ADVISORIES WILL BE ISSUED WHEN A TYPHOON IS EXPECTED TO THREATEN OR STRIKE OUR AREA WITHING 48 HOURS. BULLETINS AND ADVISORIES FOR ALL TYPHOON WARNINGS INCLUDE CLASSIFICATIONS OF FLOOD PRONE IN COASTAL AND INLAND AREAS, SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS, GALE WARNINGS WITHIN THE STORM’S PERIMETER, ESTIMATED STORM EFFECTS, AND RECOMMENDED EMERGENCY PROCEDURES.


B.   PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES – AFTER WARNINGS AND PRIOR TO TYPHOON

1.KEEP YOUR RADIO OR TELEVISION ON AND LISTEN FOR THE LATEST WEATHER WARNING AND ADVISORIES. WHEN A TYPHOON APPROACHES, LISTEN FOR FLOOD WATCHES AND WARNINGS. IF POWER FAILS, USE PORTABLE BATTERY RADIO OR YOUR CAR RADIO. CHECK YOUR BATTERY POWERED EQUIPMENT. YOUR RADIO MAY BE THE ONLY SOURCE OF KNOWING VITAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE TYPHOON.

2.PLAN YOUR TIME BEFORE THE TYPHOON ARRIVES. WAITING UNTIL THE “LAST MINUTE” MIGHT MEAN YOU’LL BE ISOLATED.

3.LEAVE BEACHES OR OTHER LOW-LYING AREAS THAT MAY BE SWEPT BY HIGH TIDES. LEAVE EARLY; DON’T TAKE THE RISK OF BEING MAROONED.

4.MOVE YOUR BOAT SECURELY BEFORE THE TYPHOON ARRIVES, OR MOVE IT TO A DESIGNATED SAFE AREA. WHEN YOUR BOAT IS MOVED, LEAVE IT, DO NOT ATTEMPT ON RETURNING ONCE THE WINDS AND WAVES BUILD UP.

5. BOARD UP WINDOWS OR PROTECT THEM WITH STORM SHUTTERS. DANGER TO SMALL WINDOWS IS MAINLY FROM WIND-DRIVEN DEBRIS. LARGER WINDOWS MAY BE BROKEN BY WIND PRESSURE.

6. SECURE OUTDOOR OBJECTS THAT MIGHT BE BLOWN AWAY OR UPROOTED. GARBAGE CANS, GARDEN TOOLS, TOYS, SIGNS, PORCH FURNITURE, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER HARMLESS ITEMS BECOME MISSILES OF DESTRUCTION IN TYPHOON FORCE WINDS. ANCHOR THEM OR STORE THEM INSIDE BEFORE THE TYPHOON STRIKES.

7.STORE DRINKING WATER IN CLEAN, CLOSED CONTAINERS, SUCH AS JUGS, BOTTLES, AND COOKING UTENSILS. YOUR AREA WATER SUPPLY MAY BE CONTAMINATED BY FLOODING OR DAMAGES BY THE TYPHOON.

8.KEEP YOUR CAR FUELED. SERVICE STATIONS MAY BE INOPERABLE FOR SEVERAL DAYS OR WEEKS AFTER THE TYPHOON STRIKES DUE TO POWER DISRUPTION.

9.UNLESS ADVISED TO EVACUATE, STAY AT HOME IF YOUR HOUSE IS STURDY AND ON HIGH GROUND. IF YOU ARE LIVING IN A WOODEN STRUCTURE, OR TIN HOUSE, MOVE TO A DESIGNATED SHELTER AND STAY THERE UNTIL THE TYPHOON IS OVER.

10.REMAIN INDOORS DURING THE TYPHOON. TRAVEL IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS ESPECIALLY DURING HIGH WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN SHOWERS.

11.BEWARE OF THE “EYE.” IF THE CALM CENTER OF THE TYPHOON PASSES DIRECTLY OVERHEAD, THERE WILL BE LULL IN THE WIND LASTING FROM A FEW MINUTES TO HALF-AN-HOUR OR MORE. STAY IN A SAFE PLACE UNLESS EMERGENCY REPAIRS ARE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. ALWAYS REMEMBER, THAT AT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE “EYE” DESTRUCTIVE FORCE WINDS RISE VERY RAPIDLY AND WILL BE COMING FROM THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.


C.   EVACUATION

IF YOU ARE WARNED TO EVACUATE YOUR HOME AND MOVE TO ANOTHER LOCATION, OR, TO A PREDESIGNATED TYPHOON SHELTER TEMPORARILY, THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS TO REMEMBER. HERE ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ONES:

FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS AND ADVICE OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES

IF YOU ARE TOLD TO EVACUATE, DO SO PROMPTLY. IF YOU ARE INSTRUCTED TO MOVE TO A CERTAIN LOCATION, GO THERE, DON’T GO ANYWHERE ELSE. IF CERTAIN TRAVEL ROUTES ARE SPECIFIED OR RECOMMENDED, USE THOSE ROUTES RATHER THAN TRYING TO FIND SHORT CUTS OF YOUR OWN. IF YOU ARE TOLD TO SHUT OFF YOUR WATER OR POWER BEFORE LEAVING, DO SO. ALSO, LISTEN TO RADIO AND TV ANNOUNCEMENTS WHERE EMERGENCY HOUSING AND MASS FEEDING AREAS ARE LOCATED.

SECURE YOUR HOME BEFORE LEAVING

IF YOU HAVE TIME, AND IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED OTHER INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES, YOU SHOULD LOCK YOUR HOUSE DOORS AND WINDOWS. PARK YOUR CAR IN THE GARAGE, CARPORT, OR DRIVEWAY, CLOSE THE WINDOWS, AND LOCK THE CAR (UNLESS YOU ARE DRIVING TO YOUR NEW TEMPORARY LOCATION).

TRAVEL WITH CARE

IF THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES ARE ARRANGING TRANSPORTATION FOR YOU, PRECAUTIONS WILL BE TAKEN FOR YOUR SAFETY. IF YOU ARE WALKING OR DRIVING YOUR OWN CAR TO ANOTHER LOCATION, KEEP THESE THINGS IN MIND:

– LEAVE EARLY ENOUGH SO AS NOT TO BE MAROONED BY FLOODED ROADS, FALLEN TREES, AND WIRES.

– MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH GASOLINE IN YOUR CAR.

– FOLLOW RECOMMENDED ROUTES.

– AS YOU TRAVEL, KEEP LISTENING TO THE RADIO FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FROM YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT.


D.   SAFETY MEASURES – AFTER PASSAGE OF TYPHOON

1.REMAIN IN SHELTER UNTIL INFORMED BY THOSE IN CHARGE THAT YOU MAY RETURN TO YOUR HOME.

2.KEEP TUNED TO YOUR RADIO OR TV STATIONS FOR ADVICE AND INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (EOC) ON:

A.WHERE TO GO TO OBTAIN NECESSARY MEDICAL CARE IN YOUR AREA.

B.WHERE TO GO FOR NECESSARY EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR HOUSING, CLOTHING, FOOD, ETC.

C.WAYS TO HELP YOURSELF AND YOUR COMMUNITY RECOVER FROM THE EMERGENCY.

3.USE EXTREME CAUTION IN ENTERING OR WORKING IN BUILDINGS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN DAMAGED OR WEAKENED BY THE DISASTER; THEY MAY COLLAPSE WITHOUT WARNING.

4.DON’T TAKE LANTERNS, TORCHES, OR LIGHTED CIGARETTES INTO BUILDINGS THAT HAVE BEEN DAMAGED BY A TYPHOON; ALWAYS ASSUME RUPTURED GAS LINES OR FLAMMABLE MATERIAL PRESENT. USE BATTERY-OPERATED FLASHLIGHTS, SPOTLIGHTS, ETC., IF AVAILABLE.

5.STAY AWAY FROM FALLEN OR DAMAGED ELECTRIC WIRES, WHICH MAY STILL BE DANGEROUS. NOTIFY THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER IMMEDIATELY FOR COORDINATION.

6. CHECK FOR LEAKING GAS PIPES IN YOUR HOME. DO THIS BY SMELL. DON’T USE MATCHES OR CANDLES. IF YOU SMELL GAS, DO THIS:

A.OPEN ALL WINDOWS AND DOORS

B.TURN OFF THE MAIN GAS VALVE

C.LEAVE THE HOUSE IMMEDIATELY

D.NOTIFY THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER AT TELEPHONE NUMBERS 237-8000/1/2/3 OR THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AT TELEPHONE NUMBER 911.

E.DON’T RE-ENTER THE HOUSE UNTIL YOU ARE TOLD IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.

7.IF ANY OF YOUR ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES ARE WET, FIRST TURN OFF THE MAIN POWER SWITCH IN YOUR HOUSE, THEN UNPLUG THE WET APPLIANCE, DRY IT OUT, RECONNECT IT, AND THEN, TURN ON THE MAIN POWER SWITCH. (CAUTION: DON’T DO ANY OF THESE THINGS WHILE YOU ARE WET OR STANDING IN WATER.) IF FUSES BLOW WHEN THE ELECTRIC POWER IS RESTORED, TURN OFF THE MAIN POWER SWITCH AGAIN AND THEN INSPECT FOR SHORT CIRCUITS IN YOUR HOME WIRING, APPLIANCES, ETC.

8.CHECK YOUR FOOD AND WATER SUPPLIES BEFORE USING THEM. FOODS THAT REQUIRE REFRIGERATION MAY BE SPOILED IF ELECTRIC POWER HAS BEEN SHUT OFF FOR SOME TIME. ALSO, DO NOT USE FRESH FOOD THAT HAS COME IN CONTACT WITH FLOOD WATERS.

9.STAY AWAY FROM DISASTER AREAS. SIGHTSEEING COULD INTERFERE WITH FIRST-AID OR RESCUE WORK, AND MAY BE DANGEROUS AS WELL.

10.DON’T DRIVE UNLESS NECESSARY, BUT IF YOU MUST, DRIVE WITH CAUTION. WATCH FOR HAZARDS TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS, AND REPORT THEM TO THE POLICE OR THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER.

11.REPORT BROKEN SEWER OR WATER LINES TO THE COMMONWEALTH UTILITIES CORPORATION (CUC) AT TELEPHONE NUMBER 664-4282 OR THE EMERGENCY OPERTIONS CENTER (EOC) AT TELEPHONE NUMBER 237-8000/1/2/3 FOR RESTORATION AND/OR REPAIR.

REMEMBER: A TYPHOON MOVING OVER LAND CAN CAUSE SEVERE FLOODING. STAY AWAY FROM THE BEACH FRONT AND STREAMS UNTIL ALL POTENTIAL FLOODING HAVE PASSED.

GRADUATION FROM TROPICAL DISTURBANCE TO TYPHOON IS A MATTER OF DEGREE. A TROPICAL DISTURBANCE WHICH MAY BUILD IN INTENSITY OR DISSIPATE, USUALLY HAS WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH. A WELL DEVELOPED STORM WITH WINDS OF 40 MPH NEAR THE CENTER GUSTING TO 65 MPH CAN COVER AN AREA OF OVER 150 NAUTICAL MILE RADIUS. FEEDER-BAND FROM A WELL-DEVELOPED STORM CAN CAUSE TORRENTIAL RAIN AND CREATE FLASH FLOODS ESPECIALLY ON LOW LYING AREAS.

TROPICAL STORMS ORIGINATED ABOVE THE EQUATOR AND EAST OF 150 DEG. EAST CAN EASILY REACH TYPHOON INTENSITY OVER-WATER WITHIN 48 HOURS PERIOD OR LESS. ALTHOUGH TYPHOONS ARE GREATER IN STRENGTH OR INTENSITY THAN TROPICAL STORMS, CONDITION SETTINGS ARE BASICALLY THE SAME. THESE SETTINGS (CONDITIONS) ARE BASED ON THEIR FORWARD MOVEMENT OR SPEED OF ADVANCE. BELOW ARE THE WIND VELOCITIES DEFINING EACH CATEGORY, AND CONDITION SETTINGS:

CATEGORY INTENSITY
TROPICAL DEPRESSION WINDS OF 30 TO 39 MPH
TROPICAL STORM WINDS OF 40 TO 72 MPH
TYPHOON WINDS OF 73 TO 150 MPH
SUPER TYPHOON WINDS OF 151 MPH OR GREATER

E. THINGS YOU WILL NEED TO PREPARE FOR A TYPHOON (TYPHOON KIT)

•FOOD AND WATER (TO DRINK AND TO USE FOR WASHING)

•FIRST AID KIT

•CANDLES

•MATCHES

•FLASH LIGHTS

•BATTERIES

•OIL LAMPS OR LANTERNS

•KEROSENE

•PORTABLE GAS BURNER (STOVE)

•BUTANE

•BATTERY-OPERATED RADIO

•DISPOSABLE PLATES, UTENSILS AND CUPS

•PAPER TOWEL AND TOILET PAPER

•PLASTIC BAGS AND TRASH BAGS

•ICE AND ICE CHEST

•BOTTLE AND CAN OPENERS

•FIRE EXTINGUISHER

•CELLULAR PHONE