Friday, June 24, 2011

Bagyo Season is Here!

It's Bagyo Season in the Philippines again. In the midst of monitoring Falcon and all the flooding, I thought I'd put together a quick tip sheet for disaster-preparedness. Keep safe, everyone!


MONITORING THE NEWS






Twitter is always my top pick when I need the latest news, and these are the top accounts I recommend when monitoring storms and floods in Manila:


General News:
ABS CBN News @ABSCBNNews
ANC Alerts @ANCALERTS
DZMM Teleradyo @DZMMTeleRadyo
GMA News @GMANewsOnline
Philippine Daily Inquirer @inquirerdotnet
The Philippine Star @PhilstarNews


Traffic & Weather:
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration
(PAG-ASA) @dost_pagasa
PAG-ASA - Flood Forecasting and Warning Section @PAGASAFFWS
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) @MMDAtweets


Emergency and Disaster Response:
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWS) @DSWDserve
Philippine Red Cross @philredcross


Other Useful Info:
Department of Education @DepEd_PH
Manila Electric Company @MERALCO




DISASTER PREPAREDNESS


Red Cross Flood Preparation Tips (Philippine Red Cross)


Flood Safety (Red Cross)
Landslide Safety (Red Cross)
Power Outage (Red Cross)
Returning Home after a Hurricane or Flood (Red Cross)
Taking Care of your Emotional Health after a Disaster (Red Cross)
Tornado Safety (Red Cross)




Emergency Preparedness and You (US CDC)
Key Facts About Flood Readiness (US CDC)
Floods (US CDC)
Landslides & Mudslides (US CDC)
Tornadoes (US CDC)


**These are all US sources, though. If you know any good Philippine or Asian ones with localized content, please do let me know!

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