Emergency Preparedness Bag or Go Bag

When there is a threat or an impending danger, you must leave your homes and evacuate to a safer place. Be prepared and grab the opportunity to escape. Make sure your family has an emergency preparedness bag or GO BAG.

The Philippine Office of Civil Defense and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) remind us of these 3 Important guides:

  1. The emergency preparedness bag or go bag items should be checked and replenished every 3 months.
  2. The Go Bag should be stored properly so that it can be easily accessed in case of an emergency like a flood, earthquake, or typhoon.
  3. Coordinate with leaders on a community evacuation plan. Decide with the family on where to meet in case there is a need to evacuate.
emergency preparedness bag
Emergency Preparedness Bag | Image Owner: OCD

What are the contents of an emergency preparedness bag or Go Bag?

The Bag must contain important items needed by the family to survive. It must include the following:

  1. Important document in a waterproof container.
  2. Flashlights, candles, matches, and whistles.
  3. Radio with fresh and extra batteries.
  4. First aid kit with remedies for fever, LBM, minor wounds and pain and maintenance medicines.
  5. Spare cash including coins.
  6. Items for special needs of young and older members of the family, including persons with disabilities.
  7. Easy to serve, ready to eat food enough for 3 days.
  8. Drinking water in sealed containers enough for 3 days.
  9. Mobile phones, power banks, and chargers.
  10. Clothing, raincoats, boots, and sanitary supplies.
  11. Sleeping bags or mats and blankets.
  12. Ropes, old newspapers, and eco-bags made of strong materials.

You can keep in touch with the Philippine Office of Civil Defense by dropping an email at publicaffairs@ocd.gov.ph

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