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Adding to my state of shock were the news advisories telling the public to get ready for the tsunami that will hit the eastern part of the Philippines. Thank goodness, it did not do much damage to any of the 19 provinces that were supposed to be hit by the waves from the Pacific Ocean. After having experienced Ondoy, who can blame me for being so paranoid? I immediately thought about preparing for the waves of water that was supposed to come.
The American Red Cross advises the general public to prepare these 6 disaster must-haves:
- Water - 1 gal./person/day.
- Food - Non-perishable; should also include pet food if you have pets.
- First-aid kit - Always keep one in your home and another one in your car.
- Clothing and beddings - Complete change of clothing per person. Should also include rain gear and protection from the sun.
- Tools and emergency supplies
- Special items - Essentials for infants or the senior members of the family. These will also include toys or games for kids.
All of these items should last for at least three days. They should also be kept in sturdy, water-proof containers.
Experts also suggest having a disaster plan for the family. Honestly, I still haven't devised one. All this step entails is having 2 meeting places just in case we get separated at the height of a disaster. These 2 places should either be:
- A safe distance away from home; or,
- A safe place outside the neighborhood just in case a family member can't get home.
I hope you also find this post helpful. We will never know when a disaster will strike so it's best to be always prepared.
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