Being prepared is always one step towards survival. Here are some things that we think is important to have during times like these. Prepare them beforehand and keep them in a safe place at all times. Better yet, keep them with you, or in an area that is easy to reach. Also keep in mind that these should be easy to carry in case you need to evacuate quickly.
YOUR TSUNAMI SURVIVAL KIT
- Clean drinking water. Good enough for a week. Consider having at least 1 gallon per person per day.
- Other drinks. Consider: juices in packs, carbonated drinks, coffee.
- Food. Also good enough for a week. Consider:
- Snacks that are easy to store and carry (biscuits, cookies)
- Non-perishable canned food (corned beef, tuna, pork and beans, vienna sausage, etc.)
- Candies to maintain sugar in body and keep acidity at bay
- Bread that will last for a few days, for carbo load
- Instant noodles, if you have the means to cook
- IMPORTANT: food for babies and the elderly if you have them staying with you
- Food utensils.
- Spoons, forks, knives, paper plates, drinking cups
- Non-electric can opener
- Cooking stove and fuel, if possible
- Plastic bags
- Medicines. Consider having medicines for the following:
- Fever and nausea
- Coughs and colds
- Other prescription drugs that you need to take
- Also include asthma inhalers with extra nebules and other asthma medicines
- First Aid kit. Must contain band-aids, gauze, tweezers, alcohol, antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide, bandage scissors, absorbent dressings, antiseptic wipe packets, cold compress, gloves and thermometer.
- Sanitation kit. Make sure that you have tissue wipes, toilet paper, sanitary napkins, diapers.
- Toiletries. These include toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap.
- Blankets, towels, comforters, pillows. You can put them in large garbage bags to keep from getting wet.
- Extra clothes and underwear. Put them in plastic bags to avoid from getting wet. If you can, pack something that will last you for a few days.
- Sturdy shoes
- Heavy gloves
- Jackets, sweaters, socks, caps. And anything else that will keep you warm and dry.
- Emergency lights and flashlights.
- Fresh batteries. Have reserves for batteries of different sizes, especially for radios and flashlights.
- Radio. Must be portable, battery operated, has functional AM station.
- Mobile phone. Make sure the battery is fully charged, and that you have a spare one, too, in case of emergency. Also consider walkie-talkies.
- Cash. Banks and ATMs might not be available so make sure that you have cash with you.
- Keys. Have copies of keys to the front door, back door, garage, car keys, etc.
- Items for pets. Consider also having a leash, muzzle, cage and food for your pets.
- Umbrellas and tents
- Water pails and dippers
- Floatation devices like life jackets, styrofoams, old tires, etc.
- Plastic whistles
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS TO PROTECT
Many people have died trying to go back for these things, so it’s important that you are well-prepared already at this point in time. Keep these documents in a water-proof container:
- Birth certificates
- Insurance records
- Medical records
- SSS, Pag-ibig and Philhealth records
- Identification cards
- Bank account numbers and records
- Emergency contact numbers (i.e. NDCC hotline numbers, PNP, etc.)
- Contact numbers of family, friends and loved ones
It is important that you have an ID with you wherever you go. Also, a list of people to contact in case something happens to you. If you can, put your emergency contacts on speed dial.
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