What to Prepare in your Earthquake Emergency Kit

In light of the most recent earthquake in Zambales, we have decided to prepare our earthquake emergency kit. Especially since the “Big One” is just around the corner, waiting to strike.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has already warned us about the “Big One,” an 8-to-10-magnitude earthquake that could strike Metro Manila anytime now. We may not be sure when it will happen but Phivolcs is advising us to be ready.

According to Phivolcs, the best course of action is preparedness. As early as now, families should be preparing for the earthquake. This involves orienting each member of the household about earthquake hazards, assessing the location of your house, knowing what to do during an earthquake, and of course, preparing your earthquake emergency kit.

I have compiled a list of things of a few essentials to pack inside your kit, courtesy of Red Cross and other sources.

  1. Water – one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  2. Food – preferably non-perishable and easy to prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
    Ex. Protein bars, easy-open canned goods, crackers, choco cereals, ready-to-drink beverages, candies
  3. First Aid Kit and Medical Supplies
  4. Swiss knife
  5. Medications and medical items (good for 7 days)
    Ex. Biogesic, Kremil S, Hydrite powder, Amoxicillin, Bactroban ointment, Aspilets
  6. Baby supplies – prepare a bag for your baby, which includes clothes, feeding bottles, formula, baby food and 2-weeks supply of diapers)
  7. Whistle
  8. Extra clothing
  9. Flashlight
  10. Extra batteries
  11. Two-way radio
  12. Personal documents – birth certificates, insurance policies, passports, any proof of address, medication list and pertinent medical information
  13. Cellphones and chargers
  14. Sanitation and personal hygiene items
    Ex. Soap, alcohol, toothbrush and toothpaste, sanitary napkin, tissue rolls
  15. Extra cash
  16. Blanket
  17. Towels

Other items we thought of adding are:

  1. Sturdy shoes
  2. Pet supplies – if you have pets, better bring food, bowl, leash, collar
  3. Hard Hat – my husband and I just thought of including this to protect ourselves from falling debris

Where to store your emergency kit

We have prepared sturdy duffel bags as storage for these items. Some U.S. officials recommend keeping an emergency kit in the car and then a “go-kit” and a one-week supply of necessities inside the house. As to where to store supplies at home, experts, say that this would depend on the structure of your house. Some recommend storing the kits in the garage or any place that is built on concrete floors, which are more stable during an earthquake.

Kits may also be placed in the closet or a storage room. According to experts, the key is to store them in an accessible space with braced shelving.

Presence of mind

It’s easy to haul your emergency kits during an earthquake drill. But during an actual disaster, you will surely panic and get distracted. My husband would always remind me that, apart from having our earthquake emergency kits ready, it is still important to have the presence of mind to act during a disaster. Remember to stay calm and composed. Memorize your escape and survival plans. Wherever you go, keep your little ones close and make their safety your top priority. And remember, prayers can do a lot of help.

Have you prepared your earthquake emergency kits? If you have other survival essentials in mind, please share us in the comments below.

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