PLM Protocol in case of Typhoon

Every year, about 19 typhoons enter the Philippines area of responsibility. Although Metro Manila is sometimes not directly on the path of the typhoon, it is affected by rains and occasional gusty winds.

Kindergarten class in Mabuhay Integrated Learning Center (MILC) is automatically cancelled in Storm Signal Number 1. Senior High School classes are automatically cancelled in Storm Signal Number 2. College classes are also automatically cancelled in Storm Signal Number 3. However, the National Government or the City of Manila may declare the suspension of classes at all levels for whatever storm signal whenever it is deemed unsafe for students to go to school.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announces the Storm Warning Signals with the corresponding wind speed:
Signal No. 1 – Wind speed of 30 - 60 km/hour (KPH) within the next 36 hours.
Signal No. 2 – Wind speed of 61 - 120 KPH within the next 24 hours.
Signal No. 3 – Wind speed of 121 - 170 KPH within the next 18 hours.
Signal No. 4 – Wind speed of 171 - 220 KPH within the next 12 hours.
Signal No. 5 – Wind speed greater than 220 KPH within 12 hours.

Typhoons destroy properties and curtail precious lives. We have to safeguard the lives of the scholars, faculty and employees and to preserve the PLM properties. It is necessary to make safety preparations before the onset of the typhoon, during the strong pounding of the typhoon and after the typhoon has wreaked havoc.

1. Typhoon Warning
a. Listen to transistor radio or television for the latest weather information.
b. Secure outdoor objects that may be blown away or damaged or can cause injury.
c. Take valuable light objects inside the building.
d. Ensure that essential/ delicate items or equipment will not be wet.
e. Ensure that windows and doors are tightly closed.
f. Check structures on the roof deck to ensure that there will be no flying objects.
g. Keep ready the flashlights with batteries.
h. Charge all batteries of handheld radios.
i. Charge the cell phones.
j. Prepare for possible flooding, no electricity and no water from faucets.
k. Keep a stock of drinking water and food that does not require cooking or refrigeration.
l. Prepare rain jacket, rain boots and extra clothing.

2. During Typhoon
a. Switch off main switches, disconnect electrical equipment and shut off water valves or faucets.
b. Move away from exterior glass.
c. Ensure that documents, essential items and equipment will not be wet or blown away.
d. Ensure that doors and windows do not open.
e. Advise others to refrain from unnecessary movement outdoors.
f. Monitor and report the rising flood water to USO, OVPA, OVPAA and OPRES.
g. Take appropriate action to the rising flood water.
h. Be careful when taking pictures or video of the effects of typhoon.
i. For first aid treatment, call the University Clinic at 527-57-39.

3. After the Typhoon
a. Inform PFMO at 527-80-45 of any damage to the PLM structures.
b. Ensure that items and materials of PLM are not prone to looting.
c. Report to PFMO any damage to power lines and water connections.
d. Report to PFMO any observed damages in the buildings and campus ground.
e. Do not switch on the main switch. Let the PFMO personnel to check first if it is safe.
f. Report to OPRES, OVPA, OVPAA and USO the extent of flood water.
g. Prevent the passage of vehicles and personnel in dangerous areas.
h. Be extra careful in slippery areas.
i. Stay away from downed power lines and report them to PFMO at 527-80-45 and/or MERALCO at 162-1011 or 631-1111.
j. Employees, faculty and scholars are prohibited to go "sight-seeing" or taking "selfie" pictures in disaster area. Your presence may hamper repairs, rescue or other emergency operations. Likewise, it may be dangerous.