Did you know that, despite the recent typhoon that hit the Philippines, devastating different provinces in Luzon (such as Nueva Ecija), we are actually in El Nino or in the state of drought? Add the even more recent news that the haze from the forest fires in Indonesia has finally hit our air and one can't help but wonder: what is happening to the Philippines?
Truly, our current weather conditions are becoming more and more unpredictable and, well, weird. Unfortunately, there is very little that we can do about this. What we can, however, focus on is how to be ready for any predicament that we find ourselves in.
Our first line of defense is our homes and this is why making sure that our houses are ready is vital. Here are five of the most basic things that should be on your checklist:
Make sure that your roof is resistant to all types of weather. The Philippines has always been a typhoon country. Recent happenings have proven that no drought can ward an LPA away. Make time to check if your roof is strong enough to resist both rain and sun. While you're at it, check your ceilings as well for even the smallest cracks that might let water seep in once it rains.
Invest in good blinds and high-quality curtains. More than keeping the rain water or the heat of the sun out, our blinds and curtains at home should be strong enough to keep the dirty air from the haze out of our residences. Make sure that the contraptions of your blinds are working well. Curtains should be thick and dark-colored as well. Installing screens for your windows is also a smart move.
Secure your electrical outlets and appliances. Purchasing an outlet cover is a good idea now, especially for areas where flooding is very possible. Test if all your appliances are working well to avoid short-charging your circuit breakers. Have an electrical tool box ready or make sure that you have your electrician's number in hand.
Check your home and your surroundings for potential threats on a regular basis. Do general cleaning and fixing at home. Leave no crack and hole fixed, no matter how small it is. Clean your yard and make sure that there is no venue for pests to build nests. Also make sure that cut grass, fallen leaves and the like are disposed of properly to avoid fire.
Filipinos are known to be resilient, and this is a good thing. Now, let us make sure that our dwellings are as we are. After all, resilient people need resilient roofs above their heads to ultimately survive.