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How to prepare for typhoons


Members from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron clean up debris from Typhoon Muifa Aug. 8, 2011. The typhoon hit Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 4 and lasted through the morning of Aug. 6, causing roughly $1 million in personal and government property damage on Kadena Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Maeson L. Elleman)


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KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Living on a tropical island may seem like a breeze, but during typhoon season it’s possible to be blown away with never-ending safety precautions.

Here on Kadena, preparation is key. There are a few things to remember to keep oneself and their family as safe as possible.

First, visit any of the Eagle Hardware locations to pick up sandbags and sand. Once sandbags are acquired, place them horizontally on the outside of all exterior doors. The sandbags are designed to help prevent water infiltration.

The next thought may be windows, however, nothing needs to be done to the windows here, as they all have anti-shatter film. Adding any tape causes damage to the protective film – just one less thing to worry about in time of preparation.

Every yard should look as if the house is vacant. All outside items can become hazardous and cause significant risk to not only properties, but lives as well. Ensure all items are brought inside – regardless of size – whether it’s a kite or a kayak, it’s a flight risk.

With yard preparation comes the responsibility of one’s trash – not another man’s treasure in this scenario. Once TCCOR-2 is in effect, all trash collection comes to a halt. Anything that has not been collected needs to be brought inside, including bulk trash items.

Keep in mind, green waste can be dropped off at Kadena’s Recycling Center.

Rest assured, all homes – on and off base – are safe and regularly inspected to ensure those living in them are out of harm’s way. The housing here is designed to withstand Super Typhoons.

In the event a door or window breaks open during the storm, isolate the room and find shelter in a different part of the home. Residents will not be evacuated if there is still a single room of the home to be sheltered in.

Most importantly, know that in the event of a medical issue, emergency services can be limited based on the storm condition. In TCCOR-1E, nobody is moving. In TCCOR-1R, only first responders will begin to move out.

With that being said, it’s important to stock up on sheltering and first aid supplies as well as medications. Also be aware that the Nurse’s Hotline can be accessed for assistance over the phone.

Following these key steps helps ensure not only one’s own safety, but those around them as well.