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Guam declared in Condition of Readiness 3

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 As of 5pm Friday the National Weather Service issued a Typhoon Watch for Guam due to Tropical Storm Bavi. As well, Governor Eddie Calvo and commander of Joint Region Marianas Rear Admiral Babette Bolivar declared Guam in Condition of Readiness 3.

Meteorologist Chip Guard, NWS warning coordinator, told KUAM News, "It's predicted to be about 20 miles south of the island late Sunday night and the winds will start picking up Sunday evening. We will see some big waves start to move in tomorrow and the winds are going to start picking up tomorrow but not to damaging levels later on Sunday."

COR3 means damaging winds of 39-57 mph are expected within 48 hours.  The current NWS forecast would bring Bavi to the vicinity of the Mariana Islands by Sunday evening into Monday morning. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 50 MPH. The storm has the potential to become a typhoon.

STORM SAFETY CHECKLIST
Preparations outside your home:
-Secure all important documents in a zip lock bag

-Consider packing matches (consider using child-proof lighters), toilet paper and other things you must keep dry in a zip lock bag

-Closets are a good place for storing large items

-Arrange flashlights, lanterns, candles, and lighters in places where they can be easily found .. and

-When, or if the power goes out unplug all appliances; this will prevent damage from power surge when power is restored.

-Tie down tin-covered roof extension with cables

-Secure all loose items such as garbage can lids, empty drums,, gardening tools, and any other material that could become airborne during high winds

-Take down all lawn umbrellas and temporary canopies

-Secure plywood or typhoon shutters on windows and have an extra plywood/shutter on hand; wind-thrown debris and wind pressure can break windows

-Remove and secure or waterproof window air conditioners

-Fuel your car; keep in mind service stations may be closed after the storm

-Ensure that the main gas valve is shut off

-Stay indoors until Condition Four is declared

It's a good idea to prepare your Disaster Supply Kit which should include

-At least a 3-day supply of water (1 gallon per person per day). Store water in sealed, unbreakable containers. Replace every 6 months.

-A 3 to 5 day supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener.

-A change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes.

-A first aid kit and prescription medications (be sure to check the expiration dates)

-A battery-powered radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries.

-And finally make sure to include in your kit Identification, credit cards, cash, and photocopies of important family documents including home insurance information.

Post by Guam Homeland Security.

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