We’re in the midst of Typhoon Glenda, but luckily, we haven’t been feeling it’s wrath too much here even though the storm signal has been raised to #2 today. Anticipating the storm, I did the groceries last Monday and included a few necessities should we be stuck at home. To add to my plastic box container of emergency supplies, I got two 6 Liter Absolute water and Jacob’s milk. Apparently that much water is not enough for our household. According to this infographic from UNICEF Philippines, each member of the family should have at least 4 liters of water per day. They recommend having enough supplies for at least 3 days as well. I was planning on filling our old water containers with water from our filter instead, but apparently they’ve gone missing. Should it pour cats and dogs tomorrow and start to flood, we’ll fill up whatever food container/storage/pitcher we have here with water. It’s a good thing I bought this small water jug for Jacob for emergencies.I used to have a separate plastic box container for emergency food but we’d (or I) would end up forgetting to check their expiration dates because they’re stored away. So now, we just keep everything in the pantry so I can check every now and then. It’s also good that we have a sari-sari store in case we would need more emergency food.Now my one worry is how to save everything that’s on the first floor and at the store should the flood rise up to our home again. The gas tank for the outdoor stove would need to be put somewhere safe. Also the refrigerator at the store. How about our big fridge passed down to us from Oscar’s Mom? At least I won’t have to worry about its durability. It endured the wrath of Ondoy back when they were still living in Magallanes Village. That Electrolux fridge was turned on its belly by flood waters and not a trickle of water went inside the fridge. And our guard dog outside, he no longer wears a collar where we can attach a leash on him should we need to put him inside the house. The husband says we’ll figure it out should we have to soon. My dear husband knows the drill already. After living here for almost 4 years, he’s had his experience with typhoons and flooding. Before the electricity goes out, he’d already have the rubber boat pumped, while I get our emergency bags ready.I just realized this morning how much more I need to buy to get us really prepared for emergencies. I need to buy more Absolute water (I specifically like Absolute better than any other mineral/distilled water), one or two water jugs with faucet, and a dog collar and chain for our guard dog. We’d have to get some hollow blocks ready for the fridge to be lifted at least a feet up from the ground. At least I don’t have to worry about our stove since it’s been off the floor since the habagat (nobody dared to put it down anymore). Maybe buy more rope just in case and two big balde to store water for washing and bathing in case they cut the water supply. Oh, and get my Akari rechargeable fan with lights a radio that has gone bonkers so quickly before we even got to use it. So many things to do and worries. It doesn’t help that I’m 8 months pregnant and can barely do groceries without catching my breath every two aisles.I’ve lived my whole life being worried (if not, scared) when rainy season comes around. See, we live a city in the far North of Metro Manila (bordering Bulacan), notoriously known for flooding even with the slightest of rain. I can attest to that because when I was young, it was a MUST for us to have a rubber boat at home because flood water would go inside our house waist to chest deep. That was back when our house wasn’t that elevated yet from the street. I wish I could show you pictures, but only a few of our photos from the 90s made it through what with all the typhoon our house went through. I can only recall the memories of having our kitchen moved up to the second floor/elevated area because of the flood. Or praying that the waters don’t rise any further than so-so number of steps on our stairs.
The worst one we’ve had in the last couple of years here at home is not even Ondoy, but the habagat. For the first time ever, water went in our house despite it being two to two and a half feet (even three) higher than street level. We were terrified the rain would not stop and we’d have to escape through our fire escape window and get to the roof. I wrote about that here. I was lucky I was still breastfeeding Jacob then (though mixed fed with formula) that I did not worry too much about him going hungry. This time around, I’d have to worry about his water and milk supply, all the while keeping his appetite happy with his favorite food and snacks. I set to give birth in about 8 weeks. I pray that we’d have no storms around the time I give birth or soon after because that would just be too much to handle for any mother. I plan on breastfeeding our newborn so no problem with that part again. I feel bad for him sharing the same birth month as me because I know how rainy season gets and how often we’d get stranded at home because of the flood. I’m praying that we’d get blessed immensely at Oscar’s work, my part time work/blogging, and the family business, so we can move somewhere safer.I guess I can say I’m not yeat 100% rainy season ready. Maybe 70% or 80% ready. Let’s all pray the typhoon does not do much damage and lingers in the country, as well as pray for those who are in direct line of the typhoon. I hope we’ve all learned from the past typhoons and habagats already on what to do and how to be ready for the rainy season. I’m reposting the following from my previous blog post as a reminder: