Prepare an emergency kit Having an emergency kit ready is an important first step in preparing for unforeseen circumstances. It’s important to ensure the kit has the basic necessities to sustain the needs of the family (including pets) during severe calamities. The emergency kit should include a gallon of water per person and canned goods that will last for at least three days. It should also contain flashlights and extra batteries, a first-aid kit, a seven-day supply of medicines, and multi-purpose tools such as a screwdriver and can opener. Keep mobile phones and power banks fully charged in case of power outage. Include family and emergency contact information, copies of personal documents, extra cash, and blankets.
Have an emergency plan with your family Some disasters might require the family to leave home. When this happens, it’s beneficial to have an emergency plan that shows emergency exits for easy access. Practice using the exits with the family members, especially children. Identify a meeting place with the family in case one gets separated. Learn about potential hazards in the community, as well as its evacuation procedures to know where to go in case another family member is away when disaster strikes.
Get insurance for your family Insurance covers a family against unplanned expenses arising from disasters like earthquakes, typhoons, floods, and fire. AXA Philippines’ Family Protection Package is a good example of an insurance product designed to help families during natural calamities. The package includes Personal Accident Insurance with coverage of up to P50,000, Fire Insurance with coverage of up to P150,000 and Earthquake, Typhoon, and Flood Insurance with coverage of up to P50,000. Visit www.axa.com.ph for more information.