Use these few extra days you have to prepare for a typhoon

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Guam – Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense warns not to be fooled by today’s calm weather. Use this time to prepare for a typhoon.

That means to get your emergency preparedness kits ready, clear any loose debris from your yards, board up your windows, fill up your tanks and other gas powered items like your generators, stock up on canned foods and non-perishable items, break out your flashlights, get extra batteries, dust off your emergency radios, and secure important documents in waterproof bags. Have a family plan in place to ensure your safety and make sure your pets are included in that family plan.

Homeland Security Spokeswoman Jenna Gaminde says they are in the discussion stages for their Joint Information Center and for opening up shelters.

Once plans are finalized, the Joint Information Center will release the information to the public as far as where to go for shelter and who to call for emergencies.

Below is the 7:45 p.m. release from JIC:

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office continues to monitor a Tropical Depression that is expected to become a typhoon by the time it makes its closest point of approach to Guam by late Tuesday evening, early Wednesday.

As of the latest NWS advisory at 7:45 p.m., the tropical depression was located 12.5 degrees north latitude and 166.1 degrees east longitude; about 1440 miles east of Guam, with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph.

The tropical depression will continue its westward track and is expected to intensify, possibly becoming a tropical storm on Saturday and possibly becoming a Category 3 or Category 4 typhoon by the time it reaches Guam late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

  • Category 3 Typhoon is referred to as a “Strong Typhoon” with maximum sustained winds of 111-129 mph and peak gusts of 140-164 mph.
  • Category 4 Typhoon is referred to as a “Very Strong Typhoon” with maximum sustained winds of 130-156 and peak gusts of 165-198 mph.

These projections may change as the intensity and conditions have the ability to worsen.

 Use the Weekend to Prepare

Due to the uncertainty of exactly how close to Guam the disturbance will pass and the strength, it is advised to take precautionary actions tomorrow and Sunday at the latest. To prepare for any scenario, residents and visitors are advised to:

  • Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change and advisories regarding flash flooding or dangerous seas may be issued.
  • Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household; stock up on non-perishable food items and water for your household, flashlights, first-aid kits, batteries, matches or lighters, portable stove, toiletries, etc. Visit https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit for more information on what to include in your supplies list.
  • Secure important documents such as birth certificates, tax papers, and insurance documents and keep copies in a water-proof bag.
  • Clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy winds, before inclement weather arrives.
  • Gas your vehicles and get fuel for your generators now while the weather is clear.
  • Stay up to date in the event there are changes in Conditions of Readiness.
  • Board up windows with shutters.

 

Roadside Signs

 

  • All temporary signs, including those for political campaigns, advertisements and any other wooden or loosely placed signs should be taken down before Sunday.
  • Loosely fitted items and signs have the ability to lift in heavy winds and cause damage to life and property.

Stay Up To Date

Due to projected intensity of the system when it reaches the Marianas, residents and visitors are advised to stay up to date with the latest information from local media and the following links:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
·           GHS/OCD Website: https://ghs.guam.gov/
·           GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/

For more information, contact the GHS/OCD 24/7 watch desk at (671) 475-9600 or (671) 482-7019.