Narratives of the Lived Experiences of Students during Super Typhoon Rai (Odette)


  • Lucille G. Tanguihan


The study explored the lived experiences of students in higher education institutions affected by Super Typhoon Rai (Odette). Using Husserl’s Phenomenological design, this study interviewed 11 informants through an individual interview to get their experiences before, during, and after the typhoon. Data gathering and analysis were done using Collaizi’s method which produced descriptions of the informants’ experiences. The findings generated five emergent themes describing the lived experiences as unprepared, underestimated the strength of the typhoon, feeling of hopelessness, and slow government response. The themes generated described the distinctive experiences of students in higher education during a disaster. The findings will serve as benchmark and baseline data in addressing the emerging needs of people and issues during a disaster.  Lastly, this can also be used by future natural disaster planners and researchers to improve response efficacy when preparing for typhoons.