Here are a few things to keep in mind so that should, God forbid, another Ondoy swings by, we all know what to do. We're sure you all know this already. So consider this a friendly reminder. First on the list: Never underestimate a typhoon's strength. Just because PAGASA pegs it at signal number 1 doesn't mean it can't wreak havoc on all of us.
1. Keep informed. Turn on your radios for weather and traffic updates.
2. If electicity is still running, charge what you can: mobile phones, laptops, emergency lights. Except for your refrigerator and freezers, turn off everything that's running on power. Turn your refrigerators and freezers to the lowest setting. This will keep contents cold for a longer period of time, should power be interrupted.
3. Stay indoors. According to ehow.com, "Move downwind within your house. At first the wind will be coming from the east, so move to the west side of the house; if the wind changes direction move to the other side."
4. Know how long food keeps fresh. When the power goes out, food will stay frozen in closed freezers for up to 72 hours, depending, of course, on the amount and type. Meat and poultry stay frozen longer than bread or small items.
a. Butter, margarine, and hard cheeses: safe unless moldy or rancid
b. Fresh fruits and vegetables: safe if not mushy or slimy
c. Eggs: safe for a few days if shells have no cracks
d. Meat products: safe unless allowed to warm to room temperature for more than two hours, in which case it's better to discard them
e. Milk: sours within eight hours without refrigeration.
f. Vinegar, jellies, and jams: can be unrefrigerated except if contaminated by poultry or meat juices.
WORDS: MICHAEL AQUINO AND LOU E. ALBANO
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