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Natural Disasters & Preparedness

In the past few years alone, we’ve had so many natural disasters that it’s hard to keep count. Whether we care about it or not, we are feeling the effects of climate change more and more each day. Heat waves are happening, seas are expanding, and water levels are rising, all at a faster rate. Not to mention we are experiencing more earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

You just never know what can happen these days. With this, it’s good to have some readiness in the face of environmental devastation. No one is ever a hundred percent prepared for disasters, but we can always prepare or at least have an idea of what to do in times of crisis.

Preparing for Natural Disasters | Disaster Preparedness Philippines | A Lifestyle Blog by Andi

What to Do Before - General Disaster Preparedness Reminders

Here are some actions you can take once you receive public announcements (for brownouts or storms) in advance:

  • Charge your phones, power banks, and other devices

  • Have your flashlights within reach

  • Conserve the battery of your devices during brownouts

  • Store water in large drums if you’re using electric water pumps

  • Get your spare batteries and candles ready

  • Check LPG tanks and turn off when not in use

  • Stay updated with the latest news

  • Identify all safety exits on your property

  • Have your emergency bag ready in case of the need to evacuate

  • Check your pets

What to Do During Natural Disasters


Earthquakes are unexpected and can pose serious risks depending on the location and intensity. Those who live close to the mountains or the coast, in particular, can be caught in heavy floods, landslides, and tsunamis, while city dwellers can face danger if buildings or bridges collapse.

What to do during an earthquake?

Drop, Cover, and Hold: you probably already know this, but it’s worth noting again. Drop to the floor, take cover, and hold your position until the shaking stops. Avoid unnecessary movements during an earthquake and move away from glass or other areas where sharp objects can fall on you.

What to do during an earthquake | Drop, cover, and hold | A Lifestyle Blog by Andi | Disaster Preparedness Philippines

** If you live in a coastal area, evacuate with your emergency kit, and move somewhere higher if there's a tsunami warning **

Did you know?

Just this December, more than 50 earthquake incidents were recorded in the Philippines, and you can check the data on the website of PHIVOLCS. The July 27 (2022) quake alone resulted in damages amounting to ₱1.88 billion, or US$34 million.

In Oceania, the most intense was the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Papua New Guinea this year (September 2022). North America also had one in the same month with the same intensity. In Asia, the strongest one recorded this year was the one in Japan, with a magnitude of 7.3 (March 2022).

Typhoons & Heavy Floods