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Preparing Family Survival Kit

The rule in disasters is to be self-reliant. Act as if no help is coming.

So the entire family must have sufficient supply of food, water, clothing, medicines and other supplies that can last for at least 3 days.

The Family Survival Kit should be situated where every household member would have easy access to it. Make sure to inform everybody of its location.

The Family Survival Kit should include the following:

WATER
1. It is recommended that the minimum demand of one person is 2 liters of drinking water per day.
2. Buy bottles of mineral or distilled water that are sealed; do not open these until they are about to be used.
3. If you are planning to store drinking water, make sure you thoroughly clean water containers with dishwashing soap and water. Make sure to rinse properly to take away residual soap before storing water
4. For water that has been commercially treated with chlorine, no need to add anything to make it clean. If the water to be stored will come from a deep well, boil first for 10 minutes before using or put chlorine tablets.
5. Close the container tightly. Label the container as to when you filled it. Make sure you replace the water every six months.

FOOD
1. Stock canned goods and food stuff that do not need refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation.
2. Make sure to prepare food for members of the family who need to observe special diets.

CLOTHES
1. Depends on the climate in your area, pack just one or two dry shirts, undergarments and shorts or pants per day. Make sure to wrap clothes inside a plastic bag to keep them dry.
2. Pack shoes with rubber soles, slippers
3. Pack items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles and pacifiers.

OTHER ITEMS TO INCLUDE:
1. A first aid kit containing a surgical mask and sterile gloves, bandages, antiseptics, cotton, gauze, paracetamols, salbutamol, diphenhydramine, antihistamines, amoxicillin and oral rehydrating salts.
2. Sanitary items like napkins, toilet paper, soap, etc.
3. A flashlight with extra batteries
4. A battery-powered transistor radio with spare batteries.
5. Matches.
6. Photocopies of your important documents.
7. Money.
8. A can opener, cooking utensils.
9. A whistle.
10. A mosquito net and blankets.








6 comments on Preparing Family Survival Kit

  1. Anonymous
    July 1, 2011 at 4:56 am (6 years ago)

    whistle- that is always brought by my youngest son in school, i told him to use it only during emergency cases

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  2. Dothy
    July 1, 2011 at 5:43 am (6 years ago)

    We can never be sure when disaster will strike so we must always be prepared for it. Maraming nasa list ang wala kami sa bahay 🙁

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  3. Gene
    July 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve read that a mirror, whistle and garbage bags are also recommended to include in the survival kit. I always neglect putting the above mentioned things in a bag for easy access in case of emergency but I always stock up on them so all I have to do is put them in a bag.

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  4. J Allyssa
    July 17, 2011 at 2:36 am (6 years ago)

    Water and food is really important. I realized that during Ondoy, ubos ang stocks namin ng food sa bahay. 

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  5. mommy Jes
    July 31, 2011 at 5:28 am (6 years ago)

    panu ung mga foods sis na e expire kasi…naisip ko n nga dn to dhil sa nangyare sa japan eh

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  6. Steve del Castillo
    April 28, 2013 at 12:29 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the tips on the Family Survival Tips . now i know what to do to in saving my family in times of calamities

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