Fire Department: Citizens to Remain Alert against Typhoon Nesat
With Typhoon No. 9 “Nesat” approaching Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau issued sea warnings for the cyclone at 8:30 AM on July 28. Winds will likely strengthen between today and early morning on July 29, with strong impact expected in the afternoon on Saturday.The Fire Department will continue to track the development of the typhoon, and citizens are encouraged to carry out necessary preparations and precautionary measures ahead of time. For the latest updates on weather, flood warnings, and evacuation notices, please visit the disaster prevention info website of Taipei City Government (Chinese): (http://www.eoc.gov.taipei). Information is also available by the smartphone application “Taipei City Government Mobile Disaster Prevention (臺北市行動防災) APP.”Updates related to closing/opening of flood gates, work/class cancellation, and red/yellow line parking are also broadcast via messaging software “Line” by adding Taipei City Government’s Line account. For those who park their cars at riverside parking lots, the notice boards at the respective facilities also include a QR code which can be used to check news related to the specific parking lot. Other preventive measures to take suggested by the Fire Department are as follows:
- Dial 1999, 119, or 110 for emergency assistance during typhoon.
- For blocked sewers or downed road trees, call 1999 Citizen Hotline.
- Residents living in low-lying regions, slope lands, or riverside areas should be prepared to evacuate upon emergency.
- Households should keep radio, flashlight, first aid kit, drinking water, food, and living necessities handy.
- Double-check electric circuits and exercise caution when using stove, gas, and cooking fire to avoid accidents.
- All doors and windows should be examined and repaired when necessary. All potted plants should relocate indoors. Limbs of trees, outdoor plants, and other structures should be secured to avoid being blown away by winds.
- Ads, billboards, Signs, and construction site fences should be examined and either removed or tightened securely.
- Work closely with city staff upon receiving evacuation orders from city hall.
- Avoid leaving the house during typhoon period and using candle fire.
- To minimize the chance of flooding, pumps should be installed for buildings with basements and flood barriers added or sand bags placed at the entrance.
- Do not touch loose power lines: call 119, 110, or 1999 for assistance.
- Individuals should prepare emergency evacuation packs which contain drinking water, emergency rations, photocopy of ID documents, cash, medication, work gloves, flashlight, radio, battery, clothing, blanket, raincoat, hand warmer, tissue paper, towel, pencil and paper, spare keys, and multi-tools.