Friday, December 5, 2014

How to Prepare your Mobile Phone for a Super Typhoon
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20 storms visit the Philippines in 1 year. We should know better now, and we should have already learned from previous experience what to do.

Nothing is more important that everyone's safety. Find shelter, food and means to communicate. We are all connected better now than before, make use of technology to your advantage.

All mobile phone users are encouraged to:

1.  Fully charge cell phone batteries and ensure that you have airtime for at least 3 days.

2.  In the event of power outages, conserve battery power. Make judicious use of voice calls. Text messaging uses less power.

3.  Store emergency numbers in your cell phone
  • Trunklines: (02) 911-5061 to 65
  • Operations Center: (02) 911-1406,  (02) 912-2665,  (02)912-5668
  • local government units (PAGASA-DOST for storm updates, MMDA for traffic and flood updates) 
  • MMDA Hotline: 136 / (02) 882-4154 to 74
  • DOTC Public Assistance Center: 7890
  • DPWH: 165-02, Trunkline: (02) 304-3000
  • Disaster Management Office: 134 (Staff), 132 (Manager), 133 (Radio Room)
  • local police
  • PNP: Dial 117 for life-threatening emergencies
  • Text hotline: 0917-847-5757
  • more local numbers here
  • local chapter of the Philippine National Red Cross, etc. 
    • Red Cross: 143, Trunkline: (02) 527-0000
  • Keep a hard copy as well in case you run out of battery and need to use the numbers.

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

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

*These helpful tips are brought to you by Smart Communications and Sun Cellular.

Smart/Sun Network Readiness

SMART & SUN are preparing for Typhoon 'Hagupit', which is expected to make landfall this weekend.  We continue to monitor the typhoon's movement, and plans are in place to maintain communication services and ensure speedy response and restoration should facilities be adversely affected.

We are prepositioning restoration equipment and personnel in the Visayas, Southern Luzon & Northern Mindanao regions.  The equipment includes generator sets and batteries that will support capacities of telecommunications equipment in the region, as well as equipment for free call and free charging services.  This will enable Smart-Sun to respond quickly to failures and community needs as they occur.

Rest assured that Smart & Sun are exerting all efforts to minimize, if not prevent, interruptions to vital telecommunications services that may be caused by typhoon 'Hagupit'.

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About The Author Hannah Villasis Hannah is a lover of life! She retired as a CPA to become a pole dancer and a blogger. She loves Christmas too. She's a weird little one, but she is very curious and loves to explore the world and appreciate all it has to offer. She loves to surf, travel, go outdoors, stay indoors, play Pokemon, love One Piece, loves to ride anything that has wheels. She is also a Polecat and loves to go beyond her limits every day. More about me here. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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