There’s no way to prevent a natural disaster from happening, nor can we predict when it will occur. But if Phivolcs says that a 7.2 magnitude earthquake (they’re calling it "The Big One”) can hit us any day now, the least we can do is prepare for it the best way we can. First on the list is a "go bag" - basically a backpack or duffel filled with survival essentials you can literally grab and take with you.
Here are a few things we suggest you prepare, now!
1. Humans can survive for weeks with just water so this should be the first on your list. It will be the heaviest item in your bag but regardless, make sure to pack at least 2 liters of water.
2. While others suggest packing a can opener and canned goods, we’d rather stash instant sources of energy such as granola and chocolate bars.
3. Photocopy important documents such as your license, passport, land titles and such. When the disaster is over, you’ll be thankful you did this as it will spare you from the all the hassle of renewing lost documents and, well, proving identiy.
4. A well-stocked first aid kit should be something you have whether there’s an earthquake threat or not.
5. The cavemen survived when they invented fire so bring the smallest and most handy source of it for your own survival: a lighter.
6. Prepare cash in smaller bank notes such as 50, 100, or 500 peso bills. You don’t need to pack much because if this earthquake we’re expecting really is as strong as they say, you may have no use for those at all.
7. A handy, multi-function Swiss knife could prove extremely useful in case of a crisis.
8. When power in the city runs out and your cellular phone dies, it will be best for you to have a heavy-duty flashlight that can last for hours. Make sure the batteries are new and that you have spare.
9. Expect and prepare for the worst. Sanition may be the least of your worries, but in case you would need cleaning of wounds for example, it would be best that you don't waste your water. Wet wipes and the alcohol from your first aid kit should go hand in hand to prevent sickness.
10. Fashion girls, you will have to accept that you won't be able to save your whole closet. But make sure to pack a whole set of fresh clothes you change into. We suggest a t-shirt, joggers, foldable shoes, and of course underwear. Make sure to roll them in your bag to save space.
11. A lightweight blanket is optional, but it can prove to be useful. You can turn it into a bed, a jacket, or an umbrella depending on the need.
12. Ziplock all these items to make sure they’ll be dry. You’ll never know if it’s raining when that earthquake strikes.
Now that you've packed, read some earthquake survival tips here.
Illustrations by Yayay de Castro