This year, be weather-ready!
The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. In 2020 alone, hazards like typhoons and flooding destroyed more than 300,000 homes and affected over 2 million people. In the wake of disasters, those affected dealt with the loss of loved ones as well as destroyed homes, properties and livelihoods.
As we enter this rainy season, we need to make sure we are weather-ready! Talk to your friends and family members back home about the importance of preparedness before a disaster strikes.
- Make a plan in case of emergencies.
- Monitor official alerts on your radio or television.
- Learn evacuation routes.
- Gather supplies (food and water, medicines, safety and personal items, power sources and extra batteries, fire extinguisher, and important documents).
- Get your family ready.
- Be ready to evacuate or to stay at home.
But being weather-ready means more than just getting information – it also means getting into action! A vital part of being prepared includes securing your home and building it safer in the first place. There are many things you can do to ensure your home is safe and weather-ready.
You can also help empower your community by sharing this knowledge and teaching them to #BuildBackSafer. Alongside diaspora organizations like the Pilipino Senior Resource Center (PSRC) and the Purposeful Unconditional Service to Others (PUSO) Foundation, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is conducting free, virtual trainings for Filipino and other diasporas on disaster risk reduction and safer shelter practices.
To find out when the next training is, sign up for the newsletter here.
By preparing before a disaster and building safer shelters, we can minimize risks to ourselves and our loved ones!
Use these additional resources to learn more about safer shelters and to stay updated on disaster information, and pass them along to help make your community more resilient, and
#BuildBackSafer – Safer Shelters Information
- Facebook: Build Back Safer
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Risk Management
- The Shelter Compendium from the Global Shelter Cluster
Official Weather Notifications
- PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration)
- Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council