Disasters can happen anytime, so it's important to be prepared. Having a ready "go bag" to quickly grab before evacuating instead of taking time to assemble the essentials can make all the difference in emergency situations.
But what are the items that you should definitely have in your "go bag" emergency kit? Watch this video or read on to find out.
Survival kits should have supplies and tools to provide basic protection against the elements, meet health and first aid needs, and signal to rescuers.
1. First aid kit
First up, it's important to have a first aid kit that can allow you to treat possible injuries and prevent infections even without immediate access to a clinic or hospital.
This should contain band-aids for small wounds, gauze and medical tape for larger cuts, tweezers to remove glass shards or foreign particles from wounds, small scissors, alcohol wipes to sanitize, and an instant ice pack.
If you have any prescription medicines, pack about three days' worth of these in your emergency kit as well.
An emergency kit should also contain a supply of basic toiletries such as toothbrushes, personal hygiene products, toothpaste, soap and shampoo.
3. Water container
The rule of thumb when it comes to emergency water supply is to have at least one gallon of water (3.875L) of water per person per day for at least three days.
Having a portable water container is also very useful when the supply of water is limited and only rationed out in an evacuation.
It's not unusual to have no electricity during emergency situations, so a flashlight is definitely handy in enabling you to find your way during a blackout or under debris.
While your phone typically comes with a flashlight option, it's better to have either a battery-powered one with a stronger beam or a rechargeable one.
5. Swiss Army knife
The importance of a portable multi-tool in emergency kit cannot be overestimated. Its components be used for eating, opening canned goods, cutting through clothing, etc.
Getting trapped under debris is a very real possibility during fires or earthquakes, so having a whistle to call rescuers' attention to your location can make the difference between life and death.
A lightweight portable blanket is useful in both hot and wet conditions. This can be used as protection during a typhoon, fire, flood, etc.
8. Waterproof case
This case can protect your phone and cash in case you need to wade through floods or be exposed to rain. Even better, you can use a waterproof bag for your entire emergency kit to ensure that the contents stay dry.
Cell sites can be down during disasters, so it helps to have a radio that can keep you updated on relief and rescue efforts.
There are several practical uses for rope during emergency situations, including a lifeline, rapelling from high places, building a shelter, securing items, and so much more.
Don't wait for disaster to strike before you start preparing. But if you don't have time to buy all these emergency kit essentials separately, we've got you covered with this Go Bag from CDRC or Citizens' Disaster Response Center.
Every purchase of this emergency kit helps fund the efforts of CDRC in promoting community-based disaster management in the Philippines.
SHOP HERE: CDRC Go Bag Emergency Kit