Lately, it’s like the sun needed more courtship just so it would come out of its shy skies. It’s been raining non-stop, the clouds are dominating our sight, flood has attacked many Davaoenyo homes and those who do the laundry are almost suicidal.
Many people say that this is the first time this has happened to Davao city. For so long, we have been flood- and typhoon-free. We were proud of our clean rivers, our cheap electricity and zero calamity in the area. Today, times have really changed.
Two days ago, many areas from Davao city were swallowed by flood. Until now, rain hasn’t stopped falling so we need to take extra precaution and change the way we used to live our carefree, zero calamity lives. And these “extras” is a span of changes, from the smallest to the biggest ones. Here are some practical tips for the weather shifts:
First off, it is good to check the weather before you go out. We know you can’t just put off your work or tell your children to skip school for a long time. If you know it’s going to rain hard, cancel your appointments. If you think the rain’s going to be bearable, bring an umbrella and a jacket. Actually, even when the sun is out, bringing an umbrella should be on any Davaoenyo’s itinerary. Also, if you only commute to work/school, bring wet wipes and cellophane just in case you get mud on your clothes or if you suddenly have to cross a street that’s submerged in a few inches of water.
Since flu, cough and colds will also be in season, take body boosters so you can steer clear from these illnesses. Buy all-around vitamin supplements (not just Vitamin C), stock on OTC medicines and pop a tablet as soon as you think you’re coming down with an illness and most of all, get enough rest. I guess the last one won’t be much of a problem since the weather is really made for oversleeping! Instead of my usual tea, I’ve also switched to drinking a warm, energy-boosting fiber-rich drink like Energen so I don’t fall asleep while I work! So far, it works!
Lastly, if you know that you’re living in an area that has high potential for flooding, evacuate immediately. If the potential is not that huge, it’s still good to keep on your toes. Monitor weather reports and pre-pack your stuff. If you have a 2nd floor, move important things there and prepare for brownouts and water interruption.