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Are You Making These 10 Mistakes During a Typhoon?

1. Not Securing Your Animals

Many Guamanians keep their animals tied on a chain outside and some are severely neglected. Don’t forget to bring your animals inside a solid structure like a garage, out of the way of flying debris. Buy dog and cat food well before the storm and keep your animal supplied with plenty of water. It’s also a good idea to give your animal a place to potty, such as a wet pad or litter box. Animals may be very nervous prior to and during a storm, so give them extra love and attention.

2. Not Stocking Water

After Typhoon Pongsonga, parts of Guam didn’t have running water for months. Keep your filled water jugs on hand at all times and refresh them every six months. Be sure they are disinfected and avoid touching the rim when you refill them. Many locals buy water, but Guam’s tap water is usually safe to drink under normal circumstances. Pipes may be contaminated during a flood, so having stocked water can save lives.

3. Not Doing Your Laundry

You may end up huddled in a your home or apartment with a few extra relatives. Smells will abound. You’ll be glad you have clean clothes and towels if there’s a power outage and/or clean-up required after the storm.