The Philippines encounters different types of calamities: from earthquakes, monsoon flooding, typhoons, volcanic eruptions, and mudslides. More specifically the country is hit with an average of 28 storms per annum, three of which will be signal number 3 or more.
Living in one of the most storm exposed countries in the world, it only makes sense if every citizen and resident of the Philippines has access to a personal first aid kit and a survival bag. Importantly, to first save yourself so you can have the ability to save others.
Basic Emergency Supply Kit
In case you find yourself at the center of a disaster zone, it is vital to have supplies ready which can help you survive for at least 2-3 days. Below is a “Go Bag” list which is important to already have at home so you can easily take it and leave for a safer location:
Food & Water Supply:
- Water – at least 3 liters of water per person per day, good for at least 3-days
- Food- at least a three-day supply of food (avoid canned goods as it could make your bag heavy)
- Water purification tablets
Lights & Tools
- Water resistant backpack
- Battery powered radio
- Flashlight (preferably solar powered)
- Power Bank
- Mobile Phone & charger
- N95 Dust Mask
- Local maps
- Duct Tape
- Plastic bags
- Rope (or survival bracelet)
- Matches/ lighter in a waterproof container
First Aid Kit & Hygiene
- Wet wipes
- Pocket tissue
- Wound dressing pads
- Microporous tape
- Triangular bandage
- Safety pins
- Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
- Change of clothing
- Basic toiletries: soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste
- Important documents including copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
- Passport inside a ziplock plastic for tourists, expats, or residents who plan to leave the country when crisis hits
- Family photos – should you need to find them after a disaster
- Back-up cash or traveler’s checks
When pre-empting a natural calamity to hit, here are some basic tips you can follow to be prepared:
1. Sleep in full but comfortable clothes (t-shirt, jogging pants, etc). Have any other pieces of clothes you may need (socks, jacket, caps, etc) placed near the exit.
2. Line up rubber shoes near the exit.
3. Have your go bag ready.
4. Keep mobile phones and power banks fully charged. Don’t forget to pack cables and multi-socket extension cords, if possible.
5. Have a clear agreement with family members on where you will meet after, should you get separated during an evacuation.
6. Have an emergency plan. Out of zone contact who you can give your whereabouts to when you get access to communications.
Please pass this on and please stay safe everyone!
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