Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) is gaining strength as it moves closer to the Philippines. Yolanda is expected to make landfall over Eastern Samar early morning of Friday, November 8, 2013. Weather experts said that Yolanda might be stronger that typhoon Pepeng (Bopha) which ravaged the Philippines last December 2012 and caused damages to crops, infrastructures and properties amounting to 42.2 billion. Let’s look at the most destructive typhoons in Philippine history.

Rank Name Year Damage
1 Bopha (Pablo) 2012 42.2 billion
2 Parma (Pepeng) 2009 27.3 billion
3 Nesat (Pedring) 2011 15 billion
4 Fengshen (Frank) 2008 13.5 billion
5 Ketsana (Ondoy) 2009 11 billion
6 Megi (Juan) 2010 11 billion
7 Mike (Ruping) 1990 10.8 billion
8 Angela (Rosing) 1995 10.8 billion
9 Flo (Kadiang) 1993 8.75 billion
10 Babs (Loleng) 1998 6.79 billion


Typhoon Yolanda might be the stronggest typhoon that will hit the Philippines this year so it is better that we take precautions. We took the liberty of listing down things that we can check before, during and after a typhoon.

What To Do Before A Typhoon

  1. Inspect your home for possible repairs and reinforcements (eg. Roof, doors, windows, ceilings)
  2. Clean up your house’s drainage system to avoid clogging.
  3. Keep an adequate supply of food and water that would last for a few days. Canned goods are ideal especially if cooking is not possible.
  4. Harvest crops that can be yielded immediately.
  5. For fishing folk, place boats in a safe area.
  6. If you are living in lowlands, or risked areas, evacuate as early as possible.
  7. Always keep flashlights, candles, and batteries and first-aid supplies available.
  8. Have an available battery powered transistor radio for listening to news updates.

What To Do During A Typhoon

  1. Stay inside the house and keep calm. Postpone any travel.
  2. Monitor local news for storm advisories on the progress of the typhoon.
  3. In case of flooding, turn off the main sources of electricity.
  4. Avoid wading through flooded areas to avoid water-transmitted diseases.
  5. Do not operate any electrical equipment during a flood.
  6. Do not use gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded.
  7. Keep an eye on lighted candles or gas lamps.
  8. Ask advice from local authorities, if they ask you to evacuate your area.
  9. If there is a need to move to an evacuation center, follow these reminders:
    • -Evacuate calmly.
    • -Close the windows and turn off the main power switch.
    • -Put important appliances and belongings in a high ground.
    • -Avoid the way leading to or along the river.

What To Do After A Typhoon

  1. Continue to monitor local news for storm advisories on the progress of the typhoon.
  2. Check your house for damage and make necessary repairs at once.
  3. Avoid scattered debris especially tin and lumber.
  4. Wear safety gear and equipment when working in hazardous areas.
  5. If your house was damaged, make sure that it is already safe and stable when you enter.
  6. Have a knowledgeable person inspect electrical connections before using electrical appliances.
  7. Watch out for live wires or outlet immersed in water.
  8. Report damaged electrical cables and fallen electric posts to the authorities.
  9. Check for accumulated water in tires, cans or pots to avoid dengue.