Most natural calamities occur without warning which prompts us to question our preparedness when natural calamities strike. As parents, we are responsible for our family’s safety and readiness when faced with an emergency situation.
Preparation is your best chance for survival from any natural disasters. With an emergency bag or go-bag, you can increase your family’s preparedness. With that said, here are the basic items that you can quickly grab along with your family.
Pack high-calorie snacks like nuts, chocolate bars and dried foods. If possible choose those easy-open canned goods that are ready to eat like tuna, pork and beans and crackers.
Water and portable water filtration device
Be ready with at least 2 to 3 day supply of bottled water and get yourself a portable water filtration device like the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter or anything similar for as long as it’s proven to be safe and authentic. There’s also a local version on an online store wherein the LifeStraw is already attached in a water bottle.
Important documents and cash sealed on a Ziploc bag
Carefully place your important documents like birth certificates, passports, property documents or whatever you think is necessary to save inside a Ziploc bag. ATM machines and banks may become inaccessible during calamities so always bring cash with you.
Dry clothes sealed in a Ziploc bag
Bring a few sets of clothes that you can wash and wear in case there’s a need for an evacuation. Choose clothes that are quick drying and lightweight to save some space in your emergency bag.
First aid kit with medicines and masks
Have a first aid kit with the following items: gauze, bandages, cotton balls, sanitizers and skin disinfectant. You should also include pain killers, paracetamol and masks to complete your basic supply.
Phone signals may get affected in extreme calamities but you can ensure to keep everyone in your family connected with a 2-way radio device.
Head protection safety hat (or bike helmets)
No hard hat available? You can simply have those bike helmets ready in case of high-magnitude earthquakes.
Choose easy-to-carry multifunctional items
Multifunctional emergency whistle with a compass and waterproof flame starter
Get the whole family a piece of an emergency whistle with a lanyard tied on their bags.
Solar powered radio with flashlight
In case of power interruptions, your mobile phones will only be useful while it has batteries. A solar powered radio with a flashlight will help you stay updated on the latest news and public announcements while supplying you with lighting.
Optional items for comfort and entertainment
- Sleeping bags
- Lightweight children’s books and toys
Make sure to place your emergency items neatly inside your bags and let your family know where you keep them so they too can easily grab the emergency bag for you. Also, be sure to tweak the contents of your bag depending on your family’s needs.
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