Preparing for Typhoon Season

The coming of September marks the arrival of Typhoon Season.

As history shows, the typhoons that have caused the most damage throughout Japan over past years have all occurred during the month of September. Indeed, the three largest typhoons of the Showa era each resulted in over 3,000 casualties and missing persons. And yet, unlike the sudden nature of earthquakes, information about the coming of typhoons is available well in advance. This just goes to show how unpredictable and potentially dangerous typhoons can be.

In light of this, it is important to not only make sure you have correct and up to date information about the movement of typhoon storm systems, but be ready for them in advance.

What You Can Do

Emergency Provisions
If you get trapped indoors by a typhoon or are in need of rescue, it can take some time for the storm to pass or for rescue services to arrive. Therefore, it is important to have a supply of provisions built up just in case. In general, it is suggested that you keep at least three days worth of food and other provisions on hand.

  • Food, including canned food, rice, dry foods, vitamin supplements, etc.
  • Water, including drinking water (around three liters per day, per person), and water for daily use. This can be stored in plastic drums if available.
  • Energy supplies, including gas tanks, batteries, etc.
  • Miscellaneous items, including a whistle, rope, a jack, blankets, sleeping bag, pots, newspaper, plastic sheets, and any outdoor goods you may have.

Items for Evacuation
In the unlikely event you may be required to evacuate, you may find it useful to keep the following items on hand. When assembled, try to keep them in a rucksack or other bag that is easy to carry with both hands.

NB: It is said that the average weight that can be easily carried in evacuation is around 10kg for men and 5kg for women.

  • Emergency Food such as bread, canned food, vitamin supplements, water, etc.
  • A flashlight.
  • A portable radio.
  • Emergency medical supplies such as bandages, etc.
  • Important items such as your bank books, cash, identification, etc.
  • Other items such as a change of socks and underwear, helmets, towels, gloves, etc.

Most of all, keep an eye out on weather forecasts and try to stay away from areas that might be dangerous during a typhoon. Whenever possible, stay indoors and keep away from potential danger.
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