By Kristelle Bechayda
In times of disasters, it is always better to be prepared than sorry. Keep your family safe and dry with this to-do list:
Pack up the necessities
You need to prepare an emergency bag for each family member to make things easier if there is a need to evacuate. It should contain the following:
- Bottled water
- First-aid kit
- At least three sets of clothes
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Battery-operated radio
- Important documents
Learn how to give first-aid
Having basic knowledge on how to do first-aid will be useful because you will have a hard time looking for help. If your child gets injured, follow these easy steps in treating wounds:
- Stop the bleeding by applying pressure to the wound with a clean cloth.
- Gently clean the wound with soap and warm water. Rinse well to avoid irritation.
- Apply antibiotic cream to reduce risk of infection and cover the wound with a sterile bandage.
Charge necessary devices
Number one rule in bad weather situations is to charge your phones and even your lamps. The electricity is likely to go out soon and you will have no means to get weather updates. Get your mobile devices ready before that happens and charge your powerbank while you’re at it, too.
Take note of these hotline numbers
You will have a hard time getting weather updates, especially if the electricity is out. So save these numbers to keep yourself posted:
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)
National Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)
Secure your area
Make sure your house and possessions are safe. If you anticipate your property to get flooded, unplug all appliances and switch off the main circuit. Move important furniture such as your refrigerator to higher ground if you still have time. Otherwise, don’t risk trying and evacuate your family before the water is too high.