Thursday, October 1, 2009

DIY preparedness

emergency kitWhile at times, there's nothing that truly prepares us for disasters like Ondoy, it still makes sense to be ready if and when emergencies strike. Here's a list of essentials i culled from sources like the fema and do it yourself sites:
MEDICINES - assemble a first aid kit that includes special medicines for children and adults with medical conditions; gauze, bandages, antiseptic/ wipes, antibiotic cream, acetominophen and ibruprofen, scissors, tweezers, safety pins, alcohol, thermometer, list of emergency phone numbers
• PROVISIONS - stock up (but not hoard) ready- to-eat canned goods, juices, extra water to last at least 72 hours (noodles and foods requiring cooking may be useless in case of power outage/extreme emergencies)
TOOLS - always keep on hand a flashlight, battery operated am/fm radio, extra batteries, can openers, utility knife, map of your area, and a plastic whistle (for rescuers to locate you in case of a calamity)
PROTECTION - disinfectant, blanket/sleeping bag, rain gear
RECORDS - keep files in a waterproof and easy-to-carry pack or container (include insurance policies, will, contracts, deeds, IDs, passports, social security cards, medical records, bank account and credit card numbers, birth/marriage certificates, photocopies of credit and identification cards)
SPIRITUAL LIFE VEST - when all else fails, all we can turn to is God.

I join our nation in praying for our dear kababayans affected by ondoy. for those of us who were fortunate enough to be spared, I believe it is our duty to help those who need our help the most. God bless us all.


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