Sunday, December 25, 2016

Albay solon reminds Albayanos on how to stay safe during typhoon Nina
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 25 (PNA)--Albay second district Rep. Joey Salceda has given some “ten survival tips” to Albayanos on how they could stay safe during typhoon Nina.

This, as he reminded Albayanos to follow the advisories of authorities so the zero casualty goal could be achieved.

As of Sunday afternoon typhoon Nina has intensified and continues to threaten the Bicol region. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or Pagasa said the typhoon is expected to make its landfall in Catanduanes early Sunday evening.

Pagasa raised tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS) No. 4 over Catanduanes, TCWS No. 3 for Burias Island in Masbate, Albay, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur, and TCWS No. 2 for Masbate, includng Ticao Island, and Sorsogon.

The Albay lawmaker’s reminders to Albayanos:

1. Stay at home and don’t venture out, watch out for flying debris.

2. Those GI sheets may be valuable in the junk shop but they are deadly.

3. Those who live in houses made of light materials must evacuate, weak structures may not be able to resist the force of typhoon Nina.

4. Secure signboards and billboards. Take them off now. They can pose additional hazards to people.

5. After shoring up the sili tree, board up the weak spots of your homes, especially the glass windows but don’t forget to “relieve some pressure” (against the strong winds) so the windows won’t blow up. Always leave a window or door open opposite the wind direction.

6. Stay away from glass windows in case these blow up. You might get injured. “Remember those who live in glass houses shouldn't be throwing away lives.”

“Also, don’t believe what Clinton said about glass ceilings- when there is no ceiling, sky is the limit. During the typhoon, the sky will fall on you instead.”

7. The storm surges will be lethal. Stay away from shorelines by at least four meters.

8. If you believe that your building is strong enough to withstand a storm surge, remember it is not the height of your building, it is the elevation of your location measured in ASL (above sea level) that matters. Under the Beaufort scale, it should be 9 feet for every 100 kilometers per hour (kph) but half of the wave below level. So, it would be 4.5 for 200 kph or 9 feet or about 3 meters plus 1 buffer, ergo, 4 meters.

8. The better-offs in the barangays who live in better structures must practice “project HARONG (Bicol for house) of the Diocese of Legazpi--please accommodate your neighbors.

9. For dinner, canned sardines sauteed in lots of tomatoes, kangkong or camote tops taste better with freshly cooked rice, and taste the best when eaten together.

10. For midnight snacks, it should be arroz caldo. If you don’t have chicken parts, then chicken eggs - that keep the caldo in the arroz caldo. For breakfast, sinangag or fried rice can go with sardines. Again, cook it differently, if possible in an omelet. (PNA)