Build Your Disaster Kits

The rain has been pouncing on Manila nonstop, and it’s flooded almost everywhere, but I hope that this post is not yet too late. When calamity strikes, running water, electricity and telecommunication may not always be available. I don’t wish for the time that you will ever need to use these Emergency/Disaster Kits, but best be safe than sorry.

My husband PJ is so diligent when it comes to these disaster kits, charging batteries and checking electrical outlets even during a common thunderstorm. He has shared this list with our relatives, but I don’t know if anyone has built a kit for themself yet. If you are currently stuck at home because of the bad weather, utilize this time to prepare your own emergency kits. I hope you find these lists useful.

The Emergency Kit should include:

– Water (Store 1 gallon per person x 3 days)
– Food (Good for at least 3 days per person; non-refrigerated, low salt, minimal cooking such as canned or dried fruit, vegetables, crackers, cereal, nuts, canned food, bottled/boxed/canned juice)
– Cooking supplies
– Plates and Utensils
– Manual Can Opener
– First Aid Kit (disposable gloves; soap; bandages; towelettes; scissors; eye wash solution; basic over-the-counter medicines like paracetamol, antihistamine, anti-diarrhea; prescription medications; medical monitoring equipment)
– Copies of important documents and phone numbers
– Set of clothes and rain gear for each person (from undies to shoes)
– Personal hygene items

– Rubber gloves and rain boots

– Disposable camera
– Duct tape & utility knife
– Heavy duty rope
– Lighter
– Candles
– Blankets
– Plastic bags
Prepare a backpack, properly labeled for each family member, in case you need to evacuate quickly. Each bag should contain:
– Flashlight
– Batteries
– Radio
– Whistle
– Dust mask
– Utility Knife
– Cash in small denominations
– A set of clothes & shoes
– Bottled Water & Food
– Paper, permanent markers, tape
– Photos of family members for identification
– List of emergency numbers
– Copy of identification cards and health documents
– Medicine Kit
– Personal hygene kit
– Extra keys to house and cars
While you’re gathering the contents of your kits, look for items that you can pack & donate to flood victims. Stay safe, and keep praying!

Emergency Hotlines:
PNP Hotline Patrol
117 or send TXT PNP to 290

Bureau of Fire Protection
729-5166, 410-6254, 431-8859, 407-1230
DOTC Hotline
7890, 09188848484
Red Cross Hotline
143, 911-1876
Philippine Coast Guard
527-3877, 527-8481, 09177243682, 0917-PGC-DOTC