Published: August 8, 2017 | Updated: July 24, 2020 | Posted by: Ricky Publico | Lifestyle
Now that the rainy season has begun, expect more weather-related emergencies ahead. While having an umbrella and extra clothing will work wonders for you, you have to prepare yourself for more devastating scenarios. The country had seen its fair share of unforgiving rain showers, flash floods, and other unpredictable weather conditions brought by several typhoons. Whether you’re outside, at home, or on the road, you’ll end up getting stranded at one point or another—unless you prepare yourself, of course.
Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds, you can actually prepare for the upcoming La Niña. Ever heard of rainy season kits? Think of them as multi-purpose emergency kits that will help you endure minor to extreme situations brought by the unpredictable weather. You can buy these kits on hardware stores but really, where’s the fun in that? Besides, you’ll end up saving more money when you prepare these kits yourself. Here are some ideas you can use to build your own DIY rainy season kits.
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The rainy season won’t treat your vehicle that lightly. That’s why you need to prepare a roadside emergency kit to help you maintain your car wherever you are, especially if you get stranded on the road. In fact, you can just keep it on the trunk of your car, regardless of the season. Get a storage box from surplus stores for PHP 88 to PHP 400, depending on the size you need. It can be as simple or as complex as you want, but you need to have the necessities.
Typhoons are so common in the Philippines that every home should have a typhoon emergency kit at their disposal. Expect power outages, city-wide evacuations, and other inconveniences once heavy rains start pouring in. You need a typhoon emergency kit to help you survive the worst case scenarios. There’s really no telling when the next Ondoy will hit, so it’s best to just be prepared for anything. Your typhoon kit should include the following necessities.
Consider this a kit within a kit. You can never go wrong with preparing a basic first-aid kit, since you can use it even if it’s sunny outside. The rainy season comes with a higher chance of catching a common cold, fever, and other illnesses brought by the cold weather. Flood water also brings tons of bacteria that will definitely make their way inside of you if you frequently walk through a flooded area. Prepare your very own first aid kit with these items.
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While not necessarily a kit, a rain barrel can be useful this rainy season. The daily downpour of rain presents a unique opportunity to cut back on your water bills. This is where the rain barrel comes in. Its main function is to collect rainwater and filter it for use in your home. What’s great is that you can assemble your very own at the comfort of your home. They are relatively easy to make and there are a lot of instructions online on how to build a rain barrel. Here are the most basic materials you’ll need:
The barrel should be positioned under your home’s downspout or rain gutter so it can collect rainwater effectively. The filtered water can then be used to tend to your garden or wash your car. Since it’s a DIY, this rain barrel won’t be able to produce drinkable water. You’ll need a more sophisticated form of rain barrel for that.
We can never beat the forces of nature, but we can always adapt. Do so by preparing these DIY rainy season kits. They are fairly easy to throw together and only need to be checked once every six months. Aside from these kits, make sure to update yourself with the latest weather news and alerts from various government agencies like the NDRRMC and PAGASA. Preparing these kits yourself ensures that you’ll get precisely what you need in an emergency. Besides, when did it ever hurt to be a little prepared?
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