With the succeeding tremors Mindanao is experiencing today, we can never know when the most devastating one would hit but we can always prepare in our own little ways.

Philvocs stressed that even with the technology we have today, our equipment, no matter how advanced, is not capable of detecting these tremors before they strike. Since no one can make predictions about earthquakes far in advance, our only weapon during these times is to be prepared, ALWAYS, especially those in high-risk areas.

To prepare your family for everyday disasters and worst-case scenarios, having their own grab bags is a MUST.

So what should you put inside your emergency grab bag?

  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Medicines
  • Cash
  • Pen & notepad
  • House door keys/ car keys
  • Spare clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight/ batteries
  • Mobile phone / charger
  • Water & emergency food
  • Important documents (stored in a waterproof bag)
  • Childcare supplies (if needed)

Of course, you can add more to this list based on each person’s needs. It is important that your grab bags are light enough to carry in case you would need to run or when access to transportation is affected by the earthquake or any kind of disaster. Having your own tent might also help if asked to go to the evacuation areas so make sure you place them in areas at home where it’s easy to see and access during emergencies.

Tell your family members to place their grab bags under or beside their beds, office tables, and areas where it’s easier to remember.

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Keep safe, guys! Stay vigilant and have an earthquake-preparedness plan. Try not to panic and remain calm. It’s important to manage the stress during emergencies as much as possible.