It was in November 2013 when Filipinos generally fist encountered the term ‘storm surge’, and though PAGASA and other agencies had warned citizens about it a few days before typhoon Yolanda made landfall, nobody was able to grasp its true meaning until they hand experienced it first hand.
As of December 5, Project NOAH warns those in coastal areas and low lying places of a storm surge as high as 4 meters. For meters could be as tall as two people. Yolanda might have caused a 6 meter storm surge and Ruby might have a lower level of storm surge, but people are still encouraged to evacuate and be ready.
As discussed by Interaksyon, during the storm surge, people must not panic and keep a presence of mind. If there is nothing to hold on to, they must roll on their backs and float while they relax their arms and legs. Though the body must be flat and straight, their heads must be slightly elevated to see the debris. Push debris or any object away with with hands and feet.
Storm surge is a serious matter and it is one of the reasons, as many believed, that many had died in the wake of Yolanda in November 2013. Filipinos are encouraged to do the safety precautions, evacuate from the storm surge prone areas as early as possible.
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