Now that climate change is bringing even stronger typhoons, working in the raining season has become an even more unpredictable change. And with PAGASA officially declaring summer over, sudden rainshowers can turn everything into a muddy, troublesome mess. Fortunately, there are five things that you can do to make the season easier to bear—and do your part to help the environment.
Always Bring Your Rain Gear
Storms are worse for the unprepared. Invest in a good umbrella or raincoat and waterproof boots or shoes, and bring them with you always. Since it’s almost impossible to avoid getting wet, it’s a good idea to bring another set of clothes so you can always be presentable for work.
Avoid the Rush
The rush hour has been getting bad in the metro for years, and the rain only makes the experience worse. (Imagine lining up for the train under a relentless rain, for starters.) Try to avoid the time when congestion is at its peak by leaving earlier in the morning or later after work. Better yet, talk to your boss about your schedule, so you can leave early if you arrive early.
Plan for the Worst
While we hope that the destruction of Yolanda (Haiyan) or Ondoy (Ketsana) will never be repeated, it’s always best to be prepared. Learn where the high ground is along your commute route, as well as lodgings where you can safely stay as the storm rages. Talk to your family or housemates about emergency plans and supplies.
Keep Your Mobile Charged
Your smartphone is one of the most useful gadgets to have during an emergency. It can help you contact your family and work, tell you the news, and help you search for emergency lodgings as well find alternate routes away from flooded areas when driving. Always keep it charged. Protect it from the wet rain by enclosing it in a waterproof case or by simply placing it inside a plastic bag. Buy a powerbank and keep it topped up.
Also considering investing in a heavy duty, battery-powered AM radio unit, as this might be the only source of information you’ll have when your mobile batteries run out and power hasn’t come back on.
Learn about Your Company’s Business Continuity Measures
Business continuity refers to measures that ensure work still continues despite storms or other disasters. During heavy rains, for example, your company should allow you to work at home, but they should also have procedures in place to ensure that employees can still work effectively in this situation. Remote work options should be clear, reliable, and consistent for all employees.
Filipinos have found ways to survive the rains since time immemorial. In spite of the changes wrought by climate change, we will continue to discover new methods to overcome this harsh, recurring challenge.
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