Putting in place an action plan for your family and friends should disaster strikes could make the difference between your survival and safety during and after any calamity.
We refer to disaster as any event, both natural and man-made, that may threaten the security of your life, limb and property. The most common of these are earthquakes, typhoons, and fire.
MCFRVI has extensive experience responding to and fighting fires and we have seen what lack of preparedness results to.
As we reallocate our capability to prepare for the clear and present threat of the “Big One” and to address the continuous devastation that we experience during heavy downpours, you can do your part by being prepared with an Rapid Emergency Action Plan (REAP) should calamity strike.
Be prepared ahead of time. Figuring out what to do in times of crises will be hampered by a variety of factors including confusion and despair, immediately following disaster.
Here are some easy to follow tips that you can consider in drafting your action plan should disaster strike :
- Establish a means to account all family members/friends following a catastrophe. Remember that a disaster of a magnitude scale may disrupt contemporary modes of communication like the cell phones or the internet. You may agree on a specific place to meet should you lose touch with your immediate family;
- In a disaster of great magnitude, disaster response teams including volunteer organizations like the MCFRVI may not reach everyone immediately. Help may not arrive for hours or even days, so in the meantime, you are on your own. It is important to put together a “Jump Kit” with all the basic needs that can last up to 3 days;
- Put all basic and important documents like passports, bank books, certificates, etc. in one bag that can easily be retrieved and carried should you need to evacuate immediately;
- Most importantly, during the disarray immediately succeeding a calamity, you should keep your focus. Grief and despair could be done later. Your immediate concern should be the safety, well being and security of your loved ones.
Remember, by keeping your focus, the life you save may be YOUR OWN!