Disasters are unplanned. Having supplies ready ahead of time, will help you handle an emergency situation right away.
I have prepared one bag per family member plus an additional kit in our household ever since Ondoy hit us several years back. Why an additional kit? In case someone else, other than us, needs that extra survival bag . These survival bags contain food that will last a person at least 2-3 days.
Below is a list of items contained in each bag. You may refer to the list for reference as well. Better safe than sorry.
- First Aid Kit:
Paracetamol, Antacid, Ibuprofen, Antihistamine, Loperamide, Pain Relievers, Plaster Strips, Alcohol, Cotton, White Flower, Surgical/Face Mask, Scissors, Tissue, Whistle, Pen and Paper. Keep a list of emergency and important numbers handy.
**You may also attach or strap a laminated (water-proof) personal identification card onto each survival bag.
Candles and waterproof matches/lighter – can be used for light, signaling or fire-starting.
Battery Operated Radio – Buy a portable one that can be easily inserted in your pockets.
Portable Emergency Light / Flashlights and extra batteries – Make sure to check the device once in a while to see if it is still in good working condition. Change batteries if there’s leakage.
Garbage bags and plastic ties – For personal sanitation
- Fully charged mobile phones – Don’t forget to pack your wall/car chargers as well.
- Resealable Bags – Make sure you buy the good branded ones that aren’t easily punctured. For storing gadgets, flashlights, batteries, important documents and money/credit cards… and to avoid them from getting wet.
- Food Supplies:
Bottled Water – They say you should have a three-day supply of water on hand or about one gallon per day per person. But I packed (3) 500ml bottles per survival bag for now.
**Store your water in plastic containers (soft drink bottles) and avoid containers that will decompose or easily break (milk cartons or glass bottles).
**Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh.
Easy-open-no-cook canned goods – I stocked Libby’s sausage and small canned fruits and instant noodles.
**Store non-perishable food and those that do not require refrigeration.
**Rotate your stored food every six months.
Crackers, Candies– Buy crackers that are packed individually. I also stashed some high energy food like granola bars, trail mix, spreads in sachets and assorted jams.
- Blanket – To provide comfort for cold weather conditions.
- Clothing – One complete change of clothing with disposable underwear and footwear per person.
Know who to call and where to go.
Below are Philippine Red Cross hotline numbers: