The weather outside is a not so gentle reminder that it is typhoon season again. To take your mind off the current Covid-19 pandemic, we here at Peek Concepts decided to remind of you of the types of emergencies and we can see, hear and smell. The types of routine upsetting, school closing, bar closing nuisances we have grown accustomed to, living in the SAR.
You can google all kinds of websites to tell you how to prepare for an emergency like a typhoon. Some are more helpful than others. This post is designed to target the urban/suburban Hong Konger and the unique situations we may have to face.
While HK is usually well prepared for emergencies such as these, they still can’t prepare for every mudslide, downed tree or flooded MTR station. It’s up to us to hunker down and ride out the storm as safely and comfortably as possible. Mother nature has a lot of pitches in her arsenal to throw at us.
It’s always good to have about 3 days worth of food on hand for each household member, including pets. Instead of rushing out to the store to stock up on whatever is left, buy a bag of pasta or a can of food extra everytime you go out to pick something up at the store. You’d be amazed at how much emergency food you have sitting in your cupboards after just a few weeks.
As a storm approaches there are a few things you can do to prepare. Do NOT tape your windows. It does nothing but provide you with a false sense of security. The problem with blown out windows is not the force of the wind it is the pressure differential between the low pressure outside and the higher pressure inside. Just crack a window in the bathroom. That will equalize the pressure and keep your windows from imploding. Won’t do much about a tree branch though.
Aside from filling up jugs of potable water, which is a good idea, fill your bathtub with water. This can be used for anything, including drinking if you filter it and/or disinfect it by boiling or UV light.
Make sure all your backup chargers are full in case of power loss.
Put your refrigerator and freezer up to their highest settings in case you lose power. Open them very sparingly. A good idea is to vacuum seal fresh food, as it will last 3-4 times longer than stored in an ordinary ziplock. We have a great HK kitchen size vacuum sealer complete with 15 bags.
If you have outdoor space, make sure you secure everything. Lay tables upside down, fold chairs and secure with bungee cords. Secure the bbq lid with bungees or zipties. Bungees and zipties are your best friend in a typhoon.
Close your blinds or curtains. I know storms are fun to watch, but flying debris can crash through even tempered, double paned glass. Stay away from the windows.
Here is a list of emergency supplies every household should have before you even hear about a typhoon out in the South China Sea.
- Flashlight and extra batteries. Lots of batteries.
- Portable, battery-operated weather radio and extra batteries. Did I mention batteries?
- Wine, beer, rum (rum is a typhoon spirit)
- First aid kit and manual
- Emergency food and water. 3 days worth.
- Nonelectric can opener
- Essential medicines
- Cash and credit cards. ATMs may be down or empty.
- Sturdy shoes
- Hand-cranked chargers are also a good idea.
- Duct tape. You should always have duct tape.
- Pretty sure I don’t need to mention toilet paper.
Some tricks if the power goes out. A UV light will disinfect surfaces, baby bottles and dummies, drinking water and fruit. If water is precious and you have no power to boil water, you can sterilize it with a UV Wand.
You can also use our Professional Personal Water Filter Straw to drink directly out of the emergency bath you’ve drawn yourself. Just make sure there is no soap in it!
We Hong Kongers are a tough breed and don’t sweat most emergencies like typhoons. That being said, we love to think we are “prepared” by sending our helpers to the stores a day before a typhoon to rustle up a hunk of cheese or a can of beans, instant noodles, or whatever else is left on the shelves of our local supermarket or 711.
Sit back and rest your head on a roll of toilet paper, content to know that you've done everything you needed to do.
DON’T FORGET THE RUM!