Are You Prepared for the Next Disaster?
Published: July 3, 2014 | Updated: December 12, 2019 | Posted by: Moneymax | Lifestyle
The thing about all kinds of disaster is that it can come anytime without any notice. Sometimes, it feels daunting to prepare for the bad times, just like paying forany kind of insurance that you never want to use. But can you imagine what could happen to you and your loved ones in case you’re all caught unprepared with earthquakes, typhoons or tsunamis? Do something now.
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Be in-the-know, always.
Spend time reading the news for you to be in the loop of everything. Today, the information is just waiting to be recognized as they are everywhere. Watch television and there is news; turn on your radio, they will give you news; go online, even in your social media, and you can seeshared news. Be empowered with information and use it to be more prepared on any disaster-whereabouts.
Create a disaster plan.
Reduce panic among your family members or even your neighborhood by talking about emergency plans during disasters. Being emotionally-prepared about any possibilities can help each one of you to relax a bit which could be a great help during crisis because you all know what to do.
Save up now.
We all don’t know what to expect from any disaster that may come with regards to how disastrous it could be. We’re just sure that we’re going to be affected no matter how big or small it is. In that case, save up for possible job loss, house repair, disability or even death. It is considerable that it is,most of the time,difficult to save in the Philippines because of never-ending rise of the prices of the basic commodities and cries over low salary but it’s more regretful to wait for any calamities to come before you start saving.
Always keep your communication lines open.
Since we will never know when any disaster will come, it is highly recommended that we should keep all communication channels open, always. So don’t let any of your batteries run out just in case any emergency situation will arise. Today, thanks to technology, it’s much easier to gauge if someone’s in trouble or is safe or any indifference. An online chat status in your Facebook account could be a good indicator that you really are reachable at a certain time. In case of emergency, always relay information to regarding your safety to important people.
Be (really) prepared.
This means, you should have stocked up goods that are good for emergency cases. According to Philippine Red Cross, it should be essential to every household to maintain a calamity kit that involves the following:
- Water – 1 gallon (3.78L) per person per day.
- Food – crackers, cereals, canned goods in easy-to-open cans.
- Food for kids and baby’s needs.
- Battery-operated radio or TV for news.
- Blankets and sleeping bags
- Hygiene kit with antibacterial soap, alcohol, napkin, etc.
- Medicines and first aid kids
- Important documents in a plastic envelope
- Money in seal
No one will benefit from this but you and your loved ones – start preparing now.
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