Emergency Kit And Guides Before Natural Disaster Strikes

Natural calamities cannot be avoided, and it is already part of our life due to climate change, global warming, and weather season. Disasters like typhoon, flood, earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide, and fire are the just some of those that we already experienced in our country Philippines. We cannot tell exactly when it will strike even if there are government agencies and nonprofit organizations that monitor.

Being prepared is the only thing we can do to minimize the damage that it can cause to any one of us. Planning ahead by having a checklist and guides can save you and your family from any severe calamities it can cause. As part of my preparation, I did research and saved my own list to get myself ready personally. I bought and put everything in a bag that I can reach fast under my bed. Since we do not know where we are when an emergency occurs, I prepare supplies for home, work and cars.

 

Basic Supplies Kit:

  • Water (Bottled Water)
  • Food (Canned Goods, Noodles)
  • Battery-Powered or Hand Crank Radio
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid Kit
  • Extra Batteries
  • Powerbanks
  • Whistle (to Signal for Help)
  • Dust Mask (to Help Filter Contaminated Air)
  • Plastic Sheeting and Duct Tape (to Shelter in Place)
  • Moist Towelettes, Garbage Bags and Plastic Ties (for Personal Sanitation)
  • Wrench or Pliers (to Turn Off Utilities)
  • Manual Can Opener (for Food)
  • Local Maps
  • Cell Phone with Chargers and a Backup Battery

 

First Aid Kit:

  • Absorbent Compress Dressings (5 X 9 Inches)
  • Adhesive Bandages (Assorted Sizes)
  • Adhesive Cloth Tape (10 Yards X 1 Inch)
  • Antibiotic Ointment Packets (Approximately 1 Gram)
  • Antiseptic Wipe Packets
  • Packets of Aspirin (81 Mg Each)
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Breathing Barrier (With One-Way Valve)
  • Instant Cold Compress, Also Found Within Our First Aid Kit
  • Pair of Nonlatex Gloves (Size: Large)
  • Hydrocortisone Ointment Packets (Approximately 1 Gram Each
  • 3 In. Gauze Roll (Roller) Bandage
  • Roller Bandage (4 Inches Wide)
  • 3 In. X 3 In. Sterile Gauze Pads
  • Sterile Gauze Pads (4 X 4 Inches)
  • Oral Thermometer (Non-Mercury/Nonglass)
  • Triangular Bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Emergency First Aid Guide

 

Emergency Numbers:

911 is the National Emergency Hotline

NATIONAL DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT COUNCIL (NDRRMC) HOTLINES
Trunk lines:
(02) 8911-5061 to 65 local 100
Operations Center:
(02) 8911-1406
(02) 8912-2665
(02) 8912-5668
(02) 8911-1873

Disaster Response Unit:
(02) 8856-3665
(02) 8852-8081

RED CROSS
Hotline:
National Blood Center:
Trunk line:
143
(02) 8527-8385 to 95
(02) 8527-0000
(02) 8790-2300

Disaster Management Office:
Emergency Response Unit:
134 (Staff), 132 (Manager), 133 (Radio Room)
(02) 8790-2300 local 604
Telefax:
(02) 8527-0864

Philippine National Police (PNP)
Emergency Hotline:
117
(02) 8722-0650
Text hotline:
0917-847-5757

Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)
Direct line:
(02) 8426-0219
(02) 8426-0246

Philippine Coast Guard
Hotlines:
Telefax:
(02) 8527-8481 to 89
(02) 8527-3877
(02) 8527-3880 to 85
(02) 8527-8482 local 6291
Text hotline:
0917-PCG-DOTC (0917-724-3682)
0918-967-4697

METRO MANILA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (MMDA)
Hotline:
136
Trunk line:
Viber:
(02) 8882-4151 to 77
local 337 (Rescue)
local 1096 (Metrobase)
local 1135 Road Safety)
local 1168 (Public Safety)
local 1169 (Road Emergency)
local 1162/ 1163 (Flood Control)
local 1070 (Anti-Jaywalking)
0939-922-7161

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA)
Text hotline:
0917-839-6242 (TEXNAIA)
0918-918-6242
Trunk lines:
(02) 8877-1109 (Terminals 1, 2 & 4)
(02) 8877-7888 (Terminal 3)

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC)
Trunk line:
(045) 499-1464

Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA)
Operations:
(032) 340-0228

Land Transportation Office (LTO)
LTO Text hotline:
Text LTOHELP to 2600 (All networks)
Trunk line:
(02) 8922-9061 to 63
Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)
24/7 hotline:
Public Assistance and Complaints:
1342
(02) 8426-2515
(02) 8426-2534
Text hotline:
0921-448-7777

PHILIPPINE ATMOSPHERIC, GEOPHYSICAL AND ASTRONOMICAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (PAGASA)
Trunk line:
(02) 8284-0800

PHILIPPINE INSTITUTE OF VOLCANOLOGY AND SEISMOLOGY (PHIVOLCS)
Trunk line:
(02) 8426-1468 to 79

North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)
NLEX-SCTEX Hotline:
Trunk line:
1-35000
(02) 8580-8900

Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX)
NLEX-SCTEX Hotline:
Emergency Number:
1-35000
0920-96-SCTEX (72839)
Trunk lines:
(02) 8362-2246
(02) 8362-9997

Skyway System
Office Hotline:
SMC Tollways Hotline:
(02) 88-SKYWAY (75-9929)
(02) 5318-TOLL (8655)

South Luzon Expressway (SLEX)
Hotlines:
(02) 5318-8655
0999-886-0893 (Smart)
0917-539-8762 (Globe)
0932-854-6980 (Sun Cellular)

CAVITEX
Hotline:
(02) 165-8888
Trunk lines:
(02) 8683-8001
(02) 8683-8002

Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR Tollway)
Hotlines:
(43) 756- 7870
(43) 757-2277

You may check the hotline here for specific organization:
https://www.gov.ph/the-government/hotlines/

 

Resources:

https://www.ready.gov/kit
https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2021-02/ready_checklist.pdf
https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/Chapters/Division_1_-_Media/Denver/Denver_-_PDFs/EmergencyPreparednessChecklist.pdf
https://dem.nv.gov/preparedness/Emergency_Preparedness_Checklist/
https://www.emergencykits.com/
https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/anatomy-of-a-first-aid-kit.html
https://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-kits/basics/art-20056673
https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/first-aid-checklist.html

 

Points of View:

We are not asking for natural disaster, but it is better to be ready than sorry. Maintaining the kit is important, so please keep it in a cool dry place, take notes of the expirations, and update the kit every year.

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