To take part in the metro-wide earthquake drill organized by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority today, the Life & Times staff has prepared this photo layout of emergency must-haves for protection beyond the “duck, cover, and hold technique” in the form of a grab bag.
As a small compact bag that can quickly and easily be grabbed in an emergency, remember that in preparing this kit, it is not wise to overload the carrier with too many things. The main criteria to consider is absolute need.
- A first aid kit for minor wounds is most crucial. In worse cases of emergency, one must keep a list of essential contact numbers accessible.
- Electricity cannot be relied on during disasters, so mechanically powered flashlights would come in handy, as well as lighters.
- The different forms of communication will most probably be down in emergency situations, so that a whistle is the most practical tool to call attention with.
- Safety knives and bottle openers may also be needed for any canned food that may fit in the grab bag.
With food and health secured, it should not be so hard for one to plan for the next move. This convenient grab bag could save lives and must be kept within reach at all times.