Disasters come like thieves in the night. They arrive at the most unexpected time and intensity. That’s why it’s important to be prepared at all times. Just as the old saying, ‘It’s better to be safe than to be sorry.’ Or perhaps, ‘Prevention is better than cure.’

How do you prepare for disasters?

Well first, we can never predict the exact day or how long will a disaster last. The only thing we need to do when we’re in the middle of a disaster is to have our emergency bags.

What is an emergency bag?

An emergency bag is a package of necessary tools and supplies set in advance to help you survive in case of emergency. In the event of disasters and calamities, it’s a necessity, as response and rescue could stretch to hours and even days.

Before an incident could happen, it’s important that you and your family can survive for an extended period. With the given reason, it’s necessary to pack emergency bags for you and your family.

What is an emergency bag’s content?

Here are the things that you need to put in:

  • Water. At least one gallon per person.
  • Food. Non-perishable ones. Easy to prepare and easy to open.
  • Flashlight.
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio. If possible, pack the NOAA Weather Radio. They’re available at the Red Cross Store.
  • Extra batteries.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • One week supply of medications and medical items.
  • Multi-purpose tools like a Swiss knife.
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
  • Copies of your family’s documents. Passports, ID’s, address, deed or lease to home, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies. Put them in a ziplock.
  • Cell phone with chargers.
  • Family and emergency contact information.
  • Extra cash.
  • Emergency blanket.
  • Map of the area.
  • Whistle.
  • Waterproof Matches.
  • Rain gear.
  • Extra clothing, hat, and sturdy shoes.
  • Sleeping bags.

We’ve covered the basics of the what an emergency bag and its content is. Always be on the lookout and keep one handy. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Pack one now and be one step ahead of disasters and calamities.

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