Part two of my “How Prepared Are You For a Disaster?” post.
As promised, this is the part 2 of my previous Disaster Preparedness post. Of all the topics I said I’ll write about soon or next, this is one of the few that actually materialized and only one that is posted immediately right after the first post. It just shows how important and urgent this topic is for me.
Right after Chief Aldo’s talk, a colleague introduced me to Lifestraw. Lifestraw is a personal straw which can filter water to be potable. It claims to be capable of making even flood water safe for drinking. Now, definitely, it is not something I would like to try but it sure sounds interesting and a perfect addition to my survival arsenal. We checked online and found one in Lazada costing around 2,000 pesos. I almost bought impulsively. Good thing, I first checked if it’s available at Tactical Asia, and, it is at 1,000 pesos only. Half the Lazada price. While I appreciate Lazada being a one-stop shop, it still pays to buy from specialty stores. Tactical Asia is a specialized store for outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and spelunking. It basically sells stuff to help one survive their great wilderness adventure. Best is, these things can also be used to survive a disaster. (By the way, I learned Tactical Asia from Angel Locsin’s bag raid uploaded on YouTube.)
What are my #BlissfulFinds in Tactical Asia?
1) 8 Piece Kit (P1,300)
I have a plan to climb with a friend at Mount Pulag when baby V weans and that’s where I plan to bring/use this. In the meantime, this goes to our SURVIVAL BAG.
- Waterproof Bag
- Gerber® Mini-Paraframe™ Knife
- Emergency Whistle
- Fire Starter
- Waterproof Matches
- Snare Wire
- Emergency Cord
- Cotton Ball – Fire Tinder
- Land to air rescue instructions
- Priorities of Survival – Pocket guide
2.) Northern Lights Emergency Light Sticks (P99)
These are safe and dependable light source intended for use in camping, outdoor activities and during emergency situations such as power outages, typhoons, and other natural calamities. These light sticks are handy, non-battery powered, capable of providing 12 hours of usable light and has a long shelf life of up to four years. Its “lobster claw” shaped tip allows the light stick to be attached to bags for easy carrying.
- Length – 15.5 cm
- Width – 1.5 cm
- Height – 1.5 cm
- Provides 12 Hours of usable light
- Ideal for long-term storage of up to 4 Years
- Handy “Lobster Claw” style tip
- Meets military specifications
- Complies with defense logistics NSN standards
- Made in USA
3.) LifeStraw (P990)
You could live without food for three weeks but only a week without water. Lifestraw is a personal filtering straw that you can bring with you in the wilderness. It is a great addition to our survival bag too. Compared to the BLU Line Parasite Filter it can filter more water, 80% more.
- Weight: 2 oz / 56.6
- Water Treatment Type: Filters
- Cartridge Life: 1000 liters / 264 gallons
- Effective Against: Bacteria, Protozoa
- Filter Pore Size: 0.2 microns
- Packed Size: 9 x 1 in / 22.8 x 2.5
- Field Maintainable: Yes
- Removes 99.99999% of waterborne bacteria
- Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites
- Award winning “Invention of the Year” – Time Magazine
- Includes: lanyard, and a cap for the mouth piece and end piece
- Reduces turbidity (muddiness) by filtering out suspended particles
- Filters down to 0.2 microns
Contains no chemicals
- Does not require replacement parts
- Uses no batteries
- Has no moving parts
- Easy to clean
- 5 Year Shelf Life (when stored at room temperature)
- Designed in Switzerland, manufactured in Korea
4.) Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (P99)
Bed sheets are quite hard to pack during an emergency so I bought disposable rescue blankets that can keep in body heat and preserve body temperature. Small enough to fit in most first aid kits. I can use this in my dream hike at Mt. Pulag too.
- Provides compact emergency protection in all weather conditions
- Made of durable insulation mylar material
- Retains/reflects 90% of body heat
- Waterproof and weatherproof
- Size: 52″ x 84″
5.) BLU Line Parasite Filter with up to 450 ml/minute flow rate (P650)
Water is important. Should there be a disaster like a big earthquake, water pipelines may be damaged and would be impossible to repair immediately hence the need for water filters.
- Miraguard™ Antimicrobial* Technology suppresses the growth of bacteria, algae, fungus, mold, and mildew within the filter media
- Lightweight and compact 1 oz. portable protection
- Filters 30 gallons
- BPA free, chemical free, and iodine free
- Country of Origin: USA
6.) Wise Food Box (P2,490)
This is my most expensive purchase for our survival bag to date. Surely, I can buy canned goods but aside from the time to time using it whenever we’re too lazy to buy groceries, I find it difficult to monitor expiration dates. With Wise Food, I don’t have to worry about our emergency food getting expired in the next twenty-five years. Yes, twenty-five freaking years is this food’s shelf life. I know it does not sound healthy with all the possible preservatives added but who cares about that during a disaster or apocalypse? This includes 12 servings of entrees, 8 servings of breakfasts, and 14 servings of milk.
- 1 pouch of Chicken Noodle Soup (4 total servings)
- 1 pouch of Creamy Pasta (4 total servings)
- 1 pouch of Southwest Beans and Rice (4 total servings)
- 1 pouch of Brown Sugar and Maple Multi-Grain Cereal (4 Servings)
- 1 pouch of Apple Cinnamon Cereal (4 Servings)
- 1 pouch of Whey Milk (14 servings)
- Additional Product Details
- Total calories: 5,440
- Average calories per serving: 65
- Food is safely sealed in Mylar pouches
- 25-year shelf life
- Total Weight: 3 lbs
- Total Calories 5,440
- Country of Origin: USA
7.) Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets (P675)
As I said, water is too important! Next to air, water is life! Water contamination is most likely to happen once there is a disaster. Actually, even if there is no big disaster yet, water could be contaminated and an emergency stash of water purification tablets could come in handy. It is suggested that we should store 1L of water per person per day. In our case, that would be 1L x 3days x 5pax equals 15L of water. 15L of water is 10 bottles of soft-drinks (in 1.5). It’ll take up space in the house and it is hard to bring them in case there is a need to evacuate.
- 50 tablets per bottle
- Great for campers and backpackers
- Very effective against giardia
- Makes questionable water bacteriologically safe
- Add two tablets to one quart or liter of water
- Made in the USA
- Unopened bottles of Potable Aqua® tablets, when stored at room temperature should remain effective up to four years. It is recommended that once opened, a bottle of Potable Aqua not be kept for more than one year. In order to maximize effectiveness, keep the bottle cap tightly sealed.
- Shelf Life: 4 years
My mini shopping at Tactical Asia may seem like a panic buying boundering to paranoia but I see it not only as a disaster preparation but also a mean to attain some peace of mind. If it would allow me to sleep better at night and if it would ease my worries for the future, I’ll willingly buy it with my hard earned money. The price I paid for my peace of mind is surely worth it. Period. Thank you, Tactical Asia!
Remember, nothing beats, scares or worries someone who has prepared well. As the saying goes, let us hope and pray for the best (i.e. disaster not to happen) and prepare for the worst. Ending this two-part post with a positive but strong encouragement for all of us to be prepared in case a disaster strikes our homes or community. Be safe and ready!