The Philippines is located in a region where typhoons are frequent and intense. With the rainy season that starts in June and lasts until November, it’s crucial to have an emergency kit that is well-stocked and ready in case of calamities.
While heatwaves are unlikely to happen this time, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), we should expect stronger typhoons due to El Niño.
In this article, we’ll share the ten must-have items you should include in your emergency kit this typhoon season.
Why bother to have an emergency kit?
An emergency kit is a collection of vital supplies you’ll need in a disaster. One must be handy during typhoons, as strong winds, flooding, and blackouts can happen.
Now, you might think, “But preparing an emergency kit is expensive.”
It doesn’t have to be. You can start small by collecting items you already have in your home. Then gradually add to it over time. You can save money by buying items in bulk or during sales.
Emergency kits aren’t just for typhoon season – they are helpful in any emergency, such as earthquakes or fires.
Read along and ensure to keep these items in mind.
During typhoons, there may be interruptions in the water supply. It’s important to store at least one gallon of water per person daily for at least three days. It’s even better to have clean drinking water to spare if there’s a delay in restoring water lines.
2. Non-perishable food items
If you have to evacuate and there’s no access to food, always keep non-perishable items that are easy to prepare and don’t require refrigeration. This can include canned goods, biscuits, and instant noodles. Ligo or 555 sardines, Skyflakes, and Nissin cup noodles will surely be handy in your bags.
3. First aid kit
Always have a basic first aid kit that includes bandages, antiseptic, gauze, scissors, and gloves. Ensure the kit is stored in a waterproof container and regularly checked and restocked.
4. Medications and prescriptions
If you or any member of your family has a health condition, make sure to include prescription medications and other necessary medical supplies in your emergency kit. Don’t forget to check expiry dates and replace them as needed.
5. Personal hygiene items
In times of calamities, maintaining personal hygiene is essential to avoid illnesses. Have items such as soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues, and wet wipes in your kit. You can keep these items in a waterproof case or container to prevent them from leaking inside your bag.
Avoid mosquito bites, so bring some protective patches or ointments with you, especially if you’re staying in an evacuation center.
6. Flashlights and batteries
During typhoons, power interruptions are common. Have flashlights, lanterns, or portable torches powered by batteries or solar energy. Keep extra batteries in your kit. Don’t rely on your smartphone’s flashlight feature, but charge your power banks for extra battery juice.
7. Portable radio
Communication is crucial during emergencies, so don’t forget to include a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio in your emergency kit. This will allow you to receive important news and updates from authorities.
8. Cash and important documents
Remember to have your cash readily available if there are no working ATMs or electronic payment systems. Meanwhile, store your essential documents like IDs, passports, and insurance papers in a waterproof envelope inside your emergency kit.
9. Clothing and blankets
Include extra clothing and blankets in your kit in case you have to leave your home and stay in a temporary shelter. Make sure that they are appropriate for the prevailing weather conditions. Forget your sandos and boxers, but instead, bring your jackets, leggings, and pants to keep those mosquitoes away.
10. Whistle and rope
In case of emergencies, you can use a whistle to signal for help. Include a whistle or other signaling device in your kit, along with a rope and other materials that may be useful in rescue situations.
Stay safe and alert this wet season
Preparing an emergency kit may seem daunting, but it can make a big difference in times of calamities.
What’s even better is you should put your emergency kit or bag in a place where it’s accessible — near the door or exit area in your home. You can quickly grab it before anything gets worse in your area.
All in all, make a checklist of the items that you need and regularly check and restock your kit. By being prepared, you can ensure the safety and well-being of yourself and your loved ones in times of disaster.
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