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Typhoon 14th ("Chan-hom") is now approaching the Kanto area.

October 9, 2020 3:20 PM | Disaster Prevention

Typhoon 14th ("Chan-hom") is now approaching the Kanto area.
Please take appropriate safety measures at home and at your workplace, including securing objects so that they can't be blown away.
The City Hall will monitor the levels of rivers during heavy rain, and if it is necessary to open evacuation shelters, we will inform citizens through the Tsukuba City official website.

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Bracing for Typhoons
Typhoons and heavy rain cause major damage every year. It is possible to prevent or mitigate such damage by taking appropriate safety measures, so please pay attention to weather information such as warnings and advisories through TV, radio, and the Internet. Please double check that you are prepared for an approaching disaster.

Preparing the Exterior of Your House
• Be sure to lock the windows and shutters, and to inspect the roof, exterior walls, and fences of your house and reinforce as necessary.
• Clean the gutters and drains so that their drainage is good, because when they get clogged, it can cause road flooding and inundation.
• Secure objects that can be blown away such as bicycles, rubbish bins, potted plants, and washing poles, or take them inside the house.

Preparing for Inside Your House
• Reinforce windows with anti-shatter film in case of flying objects.
• Draw the curtains and/or blinds.
• In addition to securing drinking water in case of water outage, fill up a big plastic container with tap water.
• Keep water in the bathtub for daily use such as for washing face and hands, as well as for flushing the toilet, etc.
• Stow household appliances and other important household goods upstairs or somewhere higher in case of flooding.
• Unplug electrical appliances from the sockets and stow them in a high place in order to prevent electric leakage.
• Stock up drinking water and food.

Preparing for Power Cut
• Charge everything to full where possible, including your mobile phone.
• Stock up drinking water and food which does not need cooking or heating up, such as canned food, bread, etc.
• Have a portable battery charger, torch, lantern, batteries, as well as a portable stove ready.
• Freeze ice packs and plastic bottles in the freezer. You can use ice packs for food sanitization and plastic bottles for drinking water and/or other daily usage.
• Fill up a plastic container and bathtub with water for daily usage such as washing hands and face, as well as flushing the toilet.
• Fill up your car with petrol.

Other ways to prepare

• When a typhoon is approaching, there is a risk of heavy rain and strong wind, so avoid going out unless absolutely necessary.
• Do not go out to check local canals and waterways. You could be swept away, because it is hard to tell the boundaries between roads and waterways when the water level rises.
• Due to strong winds caused by a typhoon, flying objects such as fragments of trees and billboards can damage and cut off electrical wires. Never touch the hanging wires.

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