Being prone and vulnerable to natural calamities and disasters, the risk-preparedness of the Philippines as a nation is wholly reinforced by Republic Act 10121, or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Act of 2010. 

As a result, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has launched Project DINA in 2013. Standing for Disaster Information for Nationwide Awareness, the operations of the project involve coordinating with the public and their respective local government units towards being aware and informed of the necessary steps to be taken should different calamities and natural disasters arise. 

Distributing preparatory requirements and educational advice regarding what to do before, during, and after hazards (i.e. tsunamis, earthquakes, fire, landslides, flash floods, and eruptions) is the primary goal of the nationwide mission. 
 

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However, it remains to be a fact that when the unforeseen happens, the government and its respective councils can only provide ample aid and help post-disaster. Survival primarily lies on one’s preparation and actions. Not wholly expensive and available anywhere, below is an initial checklist of an emergency kit every person in your home must have should calamities occur.


1. Water

Clean and safe drinking water may not be available by the time emergencies arise. Create and store an emergency supply that can last up to a minimum of 3 days. If possible, however, make sure that your storage can last for a week. Staying hydrated in times of disaster and distress is of utmost importance for one’s survival. 

 

2. Food

Dry biscuits and canned food should be prepared in one’s emergency bag. Staples inside safe containers should include energy bars and easy-to-eat meats. Make sure that your food preserve does not contain food that can make you thirsty. 
 

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3. First aid necessities

We can never know which disaster will strike, and how we will be affected by it. Therefore, it is wise to have a convenient first aid kit in store. Band-aids, cleaning utensils, bandages, and medicine should be mandatory stock. 
 

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4. Extra clothing

Storing extra clothing might make your survival pack heavy. Only include the essentials - undergarments and lightweight clothes such as sandos and shorts as these extras are only meant to ensure your hygiene after the calamity. 


5. Emergency whistle

In cases of getting trapped or needing assistance, keeping an emergency whistle is an assured method of getting ways to receive help. This can help patrol units locate your position faster and easier.


6. Flashlight

There will be, surely, power outage for days. Make sure to have an emergency flashlight for nightfall. Store batteries together with it. Having extra candles can also be helpful as source of light. 

 

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Pocket radio

Since electricity can be anticipated to be down and out for a few days, having pocket transistors or small radios can help you stay updated and informed with current situations. These can also be medium for government announcements you shouldn’t miss, such as relocation sites, or food supply disseminations. 

No one can fully be ready when the worst disaster strikes, but one can be prepared. Because preparation is a sign and an indication of vigilance and watchful anticipation, being rightfully equipped leads to being well-covered. 

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