Disaster preparedness: What to pack in your emergency ‘Go Bag’
Robie de Guzman • December 2, 2019 • 1721
Each year, some 20 cyclones enter the Philippine area of responsibility.
Tropical cyclones can hit the country any time of the year, with months of June to September being the most active.
Aside from typhoons, the Philippines is also prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity as it sits on the pacific ‘ring of fire’.
When living in an area prone to natural calamities, it is always a smart idea to prepare for the worst-case scenario, and one way to stay safe in the midst of a sudden crisis is by packing a ‘Go Bag’.
A ‘Go Bag’ is a backpack or duffel bag filled with survival essentials you can grab and take with you when disaster strikes.
Its contents may vary according to personal or your family’s needs but should include a few staple items one would require to survive for 72 hours (3 days) when evacuating from a disaster.
So, what items should you pack in your emergency ‘Go Bag’?
UNTV’s Lifesaver has prepared this suggested checklist to help you build an emergency supply kit in case of disasters:
At least four liters of water
Water can help you survive for weeks so it should be the first on your list. It will be the heaviest item on your bag but it is very important for you and your family.
Non-perishable food items
These may include granola or protein bars, biscuits, chocolates, easy-to-open canned goods.
Photocopies of legal documents and identification cards
Secure copies of essential documents such as passport, license, identification cards, birth, marriage certificates and land titles in your bag. Photocopies of these documents will spare you from all the hassle of renewing lost papers and proving identity when the disaster is over. Remember to store these in waterproof pouches to keep them dry.
First Aid / medicine kit
Stock your first aid kit well and customize it by adding your prescription medicines.
In the absence of showers during times of disaster, maintaining sanitation is important to prevent diseases. Your hygiene kit should include a wet wipes, alcohol, toothbrush, tooth paste, shampoo, soap, ear buds, sanitary napkin and insect repellent.
Having a heavy-duty flashlight that can last for hours is important when power is out during calamities. Make sure the batteries are new (or rechargeable!) and you have extras in your bag.
Make sure to pack a whole set of basic clothes (underwear, shirt, joggers, foldable shoes) you can change into. Roll them in your bag to save clothes.
Raincoat and Blanket
Packing a raincoat and lightweight blanket is optional but it can prove to be useful. You may turn these into a bed or a material to ward off cold depending on the need.
Prepare cash in smaller bank notes and place these in a water-proof pouch.
These include an emergency whistle, wrench or pliers, a battery- or hand-powered radio, a power bank and extra mobile phone. Also pack a lighter, candles or glow sticks, trash bags and plastic ties, duct tape, a rope and a swiss-knife or multi-purpose tool that may be used to build a makeshift shelter.
Family’s special needs
When your family has an infant or a young child, also remember to pack necessities such as extra basic clothes, blanket, diapers, feeding bottle, baby food, rash ointment or medicines. For kids, include some favorite toys, coloring books and crayons to keep them entertained; and for the elderly, pack a 7-day supply of prescription medicines and adult diapers.
This list of go-bag essentials are just suggestions. Feel free to add extra supplies or tweak the ones listed above as needed.
Disasters can strike at any time and place, so it will not hurt to consider packing separate Go-bags for your home, for work and another for your car.
Hopefully, you won’t ever need them but it is always a good idea to prepare against disasters.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has advised local government units (LGU) to do early disaster preparedness actions.
DILG Spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said it is better to have preparations now instead of waiting for the eleventh hour before taking action.
“Sunod-sunod na naman ang mga bagyo pumapasok sa ating bansa kaya inaatasan natin ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na maging laging handa. Huwag na nating hintayin ang unos bago tayo kumilos, (Several typhoons are entering the country so we directed local government units to always be prepared. Let us not wait for the disaster to hit before taking action)” he said.
The DILG previously launched Operation L!STO which is a national advocacy program for disaster preparedness and disaster risk management at the local level.
Malaya said because of this manual, there is no reason for LGUs not to know the protocols during a disaster.
“The DILG has given all LGUs the Listo Manual to guide them on the sets of minimum critical ‘things-to-do’ during an impending weather disturbance or tropical cyclone,” he said.
The Listo Manual v.3 contains a preparedness checklist and also provides authority to LCEs to undertake pre-emptive or mandatory evacuation when necessary.—AAC
The importance of training in disaster preparedness has never been more evident than in these past few days when a series of earthquakes rocked parts of the country.
UNTV News and Rescue together with the Marikina City Government has prepared five disaster management seminars that the public may avail at the 4th UNTV Rescue Summit that will be held at the Marikina Sports Center on April 28, 2018.
The selected topics are meant to prepare everyone for big calamities and typical emergency cases that one may encounter in daily life.
“Yung mga seminar na inihanda natin eh pinili talaga natin yan para palakasin ang kapasidad ng mga nasa komunidad,” said Marikina City DRRMO Rescue 161 officer-in-charge, Dave C. David.
The following seminars will be offered:
Disaster Concept & Management
Family Disaster Plan
Wound Management and Limb Injury Management
Basic Ropemanship and Hazardous Material Orientation
These will be facilitated by the Marikina Rescue 161, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Valenzuela PDRRMO.
There will be five batches per topic:
8:00am – 9:00am
11:00am – 12:00pm
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Interested individuals should register at the booth situated at the left side of the grandstand facing the stage starting from 6:00am to 10:00am only.
Registered attendees will receive certificates.
Meanwhile, to showcase the various rescue equipment and vehicles and the latest search and rescue gears, 10 rescue units will put on display their different assets.
This will be led by UNTV News and Rescue and Marikina Rescue 161 together with the rescue groups of Makati City, Muntinlupa City, Pasig City, Valenzuela City, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Admission is free for the whole event.
Spend this Sunday (April 28) learning life-saving skills. Be part of the 4th UNTV Rescue Summit. — Raymond Lacsa
The Tactical, Survival and Arms Expo will run from February 22 to 25 at the SMX Convention in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City.
MANILA, Philippines — The possible occurrence of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake known as The Big One; the massive eruption of Mayon Volcano; the onslaught of strong typhoons and threats to national security are just some of the possible calamities and dangers Filipinos should prepare for.
With this in mind, the ARMSCOR Global Defense Incorporation will conduct another Tactical Survival and Arms (TACS) Expo this year with the theme defense, security and survival show for a sustainable living.
“Ito po ay isang show na naisip ng ARMSCOR para maging avenue o daan para po mainform ang ating mga kababayan regarding disaster preparedness, pag learn ng mga bagong defense skills for safety and security,” said ARMSCOR Senior Manager for Advertising and Promotions Jo Ibay.
(This is a show the ARMSCOR believe could become an avenue to inform our fellow Filipinos regarding disaster preparedness, learning of new defense skills for safety and security.)
The said expo will showcase various types of firearms such as high caliber guns, survival gears, and prepper stuff that one can use in times of calamity, emergency cases and for self-defense.
The event will also feature seminars where participants will be taught survival and rescue techniques.
A self-defense seminar for women will be also be held in the said event.
The Tactical Survival and Arms Expo will run from February 22 to 25 at the SMX Convention in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City.
Those seeking to participate may register online or at the event venue for free.
The expo is open to anyone who would like to join including the elderly or children.
“It’s everybody’s responsibility to be prepared, so I hope that we can continuously have shows promoting preparedness throughout the time,” said ARMSCOR President and CEO Mr. Martin Tuason. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue
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