New Zealand, China, Indonesia, Japan. All are earthquake-stricken countries just recently. What country is next? No one knows, even the world’s brightest scientists or the most skilled and intelligent geologists. Earthquake is the Earth’s natural way of releasing its tension. Sadly though, no matter how natural its occurrence is, it could be as devastating as no could ever imagine. Did anyone foresee Japan’s fate?
Being an OC when it comes to SAFETY, I feel so uneasy towards these recent calamities, whether Tsunamis, Earthquakes or BAD Floods. I have flashlights in the office, in my bag, and beside the bedroom. I always bring medicines and at least a bottle of water on my bag and beside my bed too. I even gave my mother an extra cash to hoard a little of groceries. I simply want to be prepared but I’m still not confident with my survival rate when I’m building-trapped (hope won’t!).
With the intent to increase my chances of survival, I searched for the following survival tips if and when calamities knock on our door.
A SURVIVAL KIT, I believe is a household must-have especially considering the times we live in. (source)
1) WATER – at least enough to last for 3 days.
2) FIRST AID KIT – ideally contains the following items:
- Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
- 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
- 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
- Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
- Triangular bandages (3)
- 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
- 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
- Moistened towelettes
- Tongue blades (2)
- Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricants
- Assorted sizes of safety pins
- Cleansing agent/soap
- Latex gloves (2 pairs) Sunscreen
- Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Antacid (for stomach upset)
- Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
- Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
3) NON-PERISHABLE GOODS – again, just like water it should be enough for your 3 days survival
4) CLOTHING AND SANITATION SUPPLIES
5) TOOLS AND SPECIAL ITEMS – Some suggestions are battery operated radio and batteries, flashlight, cash, nonelectric can opener, pliers, compass, matches, signal flare, paper and pencil, wrench to shut off household gas and water, whistle, and a map of the immediate area. Important documents like IDs, birth certificates, credit card information, prescription numbers, and extra eyeglasses.
Safety Tips (source)
- Have an earthquake readiness plan.
- Consult a professional to learn how to make your home sturdier, such as bolting bookcases to wall studs, installing strong latches on cupboards, and strapping the water heater to wall studs.
- Locate a place in each room of the house that you can go to in case of an earthquake. It should be a spot where nothing is likely to fall on you.
- Keep a supply of canned food, an up-to-date first aid kit, 3 gallons (11.4 liters) of water per person, dust masks and goggles, and a working battery-operated radio and flashlights.
- Know how to turn off your gas and water mains.
If Shaking Begins
- Drop down; take cover under a desk or table and hold on.
- Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you’re sure it’s safe to exit.
- Stay away from bookcases or furniture that can fall on you.
- Stay away from windows. In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake.
- If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
- If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.
- If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.
If you’re not satisfied with the above-stated tips or if you simply want more information, click here and/or here. As for me, I’m good to go with flashlights, cellphones, food, water and medicines/first-aids plus of course PRAYERS. 🙂 Be safe and prepared everybody. Have a happy weekend too!