Basyang is just the first storm to visit

I’m writing this post a few minutes before Thursday, 24 hours after typhoon ‘Basyang’ or Conson ripped through Luzon hitting Metro Manila, Cavite and other neighboring provinces.

Once more, the typhoon knocked out power in Luzon for much the of 24 hours of Wednesday. We lost power here in Silang, Cavite at around Tuesday midnight. It was restored around 10pm Wednesday.

We knew that the power outage would last long, a whole day we reckoned. But to have more information, I spent the remaining charge of my laptop’s battery and my Globe Tattoo to read the news from and updates from Meralco via their Tweeter feed.

I was shocked upon reading that power could take as long as 3 days to be restored because of the damage to power lines throughout Luzon! It was not something we prepared for. Our stock of water was almost out, the rechargeable lamps and our mobile phones were all but drained of their batteries, worse, the hot weather could quickly return once the typhoon has left the country which means trouble for my month-old daughter Julia.

On top of all these, I have online work and deadlines to beat. My initial plan then was to send my wife and daughter to my in-laws in case the power is restored in their place earlier than here at home. Then I’d be free to go to the mall and use it as an ‘office’ to get online and do some work.

It’s such a relief that power is now restored and I’m able to get things done again. But in the end this sticky situation made me realize that typhoons today mean not just strong winds and heavy rains, it also means days of no power, erratic communication services and water shortages.

Despite the technological advances we have today, we are still at the mercy of mother nature and her wrath is only getting stronger with each storm that comes.

So what do we do? Stock up on more water, food, batteries and dig in for the long haul each time a new typhoon is coming? Of course, but does it have to be like this each time?

20 people have been reported to have lost their lives because of Basyang. It’s sad and shocking but I think we’re getting quite used to it. The lessons learned from Ondoy (Ketsana) have yet to be fully applied. And it’s just the start of the wet season!

3 Replies to “Basyang is just the first storm to visit”

  1. Pres. Aquino said this will be the last time this will happen (blaming the PAG-ASA for their late notifications, etc.)

    Our country is an open gate for typhoons (it's a known fact, even thought to elementary students). So, there's really no excuse.

    People should change. Prioritize what should be prioritized (better weather forecast system/facility, better power distribution facilities, proper trash disposal). Unfortunately, it seems a little bit far-fetched.

    1. There should be a 'national typhoon preparedness plan' of some sorts, with comprehensive measures on how to prepare for an incoming typhoon and what to do after it exits the country.

      We should be more prepared pro-actively instead of just waiting what will the storm do and then react to it. We may not prevent storms from coming but surely, we can be better prepared for it.

  2. You are right, it is best if we prepare for storms. Like you, we also have kids in the house, so it is important that we are well prepared. Since we can't afford generators, we decided to purchase a couple of rechargeable fans and lamps. The juice for the fan will usually last 4-6 hours. Battery operated LED lamps are also on standby just in case the power interruption goes for more than one night. Transistor radios are a must. It won't hurt if you have a LOT of batteries.

    Emergency rations of water, food and medicine are stored separately. We usually put them inside big plastics bags and label them with expiry dates so we know when to consume and replenish the stocks.

    it is advisable to put basic goods in a relative's house, just in case you need to evacuate to their place.

    Stay safe.

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