“Do we have to wait until a disaster overwhelms us before we make the radical changes necessary to protect our world for future generations? If we act now there is much that can be saved which will otherwise disappear forever.” ~ John Gummer
In these times of global warming and climate change, one is never prepared enough for the mighty forces of nature or in some cases, man-made disasters, such as the Fukushima Nuclear Plant or in Southern Philippines’ Cagayan de Oro flash flood tragedy caused by illegal logging. For those especially in vulnerable and hazard zones like Japan & Philippines, every one must be aware and be prepared.
Here are the six basic disaster preparedness at home that you must ensure:
1. Check safety around your house
- Organize flowerpots and propane tanks to prevent toppling, and check the intensity of block walls and roof tiles.
Before a disaster occurs: Check your house for safety measures!
The DOST- PHIVOLCS call for compliance to building code after the earthquakes in the Philippines. Read article here.
2. Discuss with your family and household member about disaster measures:
Prepare a pinch, saw, scoop, jack, flashlight, etc. (These may be expensive to purchase all on you own, but you can discuss and share with your neighbors to prepare these. At least you have a set of equipments ready!)
3. Prevent injuries caused by broken glasses.
4. Prepare rescue equipments. Prepare a pinch, saw, scoop, jack, flashlight, etc. These might be expensive, so share with your neighbors the cost and the use.
5. Prepare an emergency packAfter a disaster, supply of essentials may stop for a few days. Plan for quantity of stockpiles and storage for essentials to be taken out in case of emergency.
Essential emergency supplies list
- Food and water (roughly 3 days of food for entire family and 3 liters
of water per person a day)
- First-aid kit, medicine, etc.
- Portable radio, flashlight, batteries
- Cash and valuables
6. Join Disaster Prevention drills
In preparation for an emergency, create a cooperative structure with neighborhoods on a routine basis.
- Join disaster prevention resident groups
- Join disaster prevention drills
If you don’t have, organize one with your neighborhood or community pronto!
“We are now running out of time, and the question now is not what is happening to the climate, but how bad will it be before the world starts doing enough?” ~ Jonathon Porritt
“First, climate change is the greatest long-term threat faced by humanity… All countries will be affected, but the poorest countries will be hit hardest. Secondly, the costs of inaction far outweigh the costs of action.” ~ David Miliband
The Philippines is situated along two major tectonic plates of the world – the EURASIAN and PACIFIC Plates. Aside from this, it has 300 volcanoes – 22 as active, an average of 20 quakes per day, 20 typhoons a year, five (5) of these destructive and 36,289 kilometers of coastline vulnerable to tsunami. The responsibility for leadership rests on the provincial governor, city and town mayors and Barangay chairmen in their respective areas.
Know more about the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Center and how it should work for you and your community!
Learn the lessons of past disasters. The Philippines is not short of earlier numerous grants, programs and initiatives in disaster education and management. Share the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Framework and how it should serve your community better. Be mindful and demand from your public officials on the information and skills. Seek the mass media support and use social media in raising awareness, care and vigilance.
The Coron Initiative , The Boracay Initiative & The Negros Initiative are Sustainable Tourism, Conservation and Social Responsibility frameworks being implemented in Coron, Calamianes Islands & Western Visayas with institutional partners Zero Carbon Resorts, Green Hotels & Clean Blue. Sustainability Capacity Building and Training programs for cities, communities and destinations include Good Governance and Disaster Prevention and Management. For more info, visit: http://www.sustainabilityguruasiapacific.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.