Disaster Preparedness 101

Storms are getting fiercer nowadays and floods are getting worse. Wouldn’t it be nice if the people are always prepared when things like this happen? As Benjamin Franklin quoted, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is not only true for illnesses but also for disaster situations. When disaster strikes in and you’ve done all the necessary precautions, it gives you and your family a safer place and increased peace of mind.

So, RegaloService.com has come up with some tips on disaster preparedness. Once you’ve learned that a natural calamity is going to strike in your area, get your mind into overdrive and do the following:

– List down the emergency numbers that you can contact. This includes police station, fire station, community health or Red Cross and your local Barangay.

– Assemble first aid kits for your home and for each car that you own. It should contain gauze pads, bandages, wipes, adhesive tapes, antibacterial ointment, scissors, cold pack, medical grade gloves, first aid manual and basic medicines like paracetamol, pain relievers, anti-diarrhea and antacids.

– Stock up on emergency supplies like batteries, candles and matchsticks, flashlight, Swiss knife, trash bags, sleeping bags or blankets, dust masks, duct tapes, can opener, mobile phone chargers and special items for infants or elderly people. You can also add personal sanitation supplies like alcohol, cotton, bath soaps, toilet tissue or towelletes and some clothing.

– Keep a one week supply of drinking water.

– Buy and store food that don’t require cooking, have long shelf life and can easily be stored.

– Charge all your mobile phones to 100% and have a battery-operated radio handy. Listen to the news updates and be in the know of what’s happening in your surroundings. If electricity is still on, watch TV or surf the Internet for official news and information.

– Locate the gas, electric and water valves. If you think that you are going to be affected by the natural calamity very soon, switch them all off.

– Lift your things to a higher place. If you have vehicles, drive them to a higher and safer place in your village.

– Once you’ve got all the necessities in place, talk to your family members and assign roles that each one needs to take. Nothing beats a team that is alert and is in the know.

– Get out and talk to your neighbors. If they haven’t done some preparations yet, better share your tips with them and tell them that all of you should help one another should the need arise.

When you’ve done all of the above, you are now as ready as ever to face the calamity that’s coming your way. But always remember that when disaster strikes, the key is to be alert and stay calm because you are not only looking after yourself but your family and community as well. Always put SAFETY first at all times.