Smart releases Typhoon 'Glenda' advisory

Manila, Philippines - As Typhoon 'Glenda' is expected to make landfall tonight (July 15, 2014), Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has released advisory urging the public to be prepared.

"Stay alert, especially for those residing in areas prone to landslides, storm surges, and floods. Prepare an emergency kit. Secure your home and belongings. Have an evacuation plan and discuss with your family", Smart said.

Your mobile phone can be your lifeline during disasters. Smart encouraged all mobile phone users to:

1. Fully charge cell phone batteries and ensure that you have enough load to make calls and send messages for at least three days.

2. In the event of power outages, conserve battery power. Make judicious use of voice calls. Send text messages instead as these put less strain on your batteries.

3. Store emergency numbers in your cell phone -- family members you can call for help, television and radio stations where you can get storm information, and responding relief agencies such as the National Disaster Coordinating Council, local government units, local police, local chapter of the Philippine National Red Cross, etc. Keep a hard copy as well in case you run out of battery and need to use the numbers.

4. Keep your cell phone dry. Wrap it in plastic or use cling-wrap for easy use.

5. Pack your charger so that you can easily re-charge your cell phone battery once power is restored or made available via other means such as charging stations of Smart Libreng Tawag Centers.

6. Keep a battery-operated radio handy as well as spare batteries to make sure you stay informed about important news such as evacuation warnings, storm updates, rescue developments, etc. in case electric and communication facilities shut down.

7. Please store food and water good for at least two days just in case your area is flooded and you won't be able to go to a store or the market.

Smart Typhoon Glenda advisory

The emergency balde (e-Balde) can help you get through emergency situations like floods. Assemble basic supplies such as bottled water; food items that are not perishable; extra mobile phone with spare battery and load; flashlight with spare batteries, all-purpose tool; crank, solar-powered or rechargeable radio; and extra clothes, among others.

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