Published on August 5, 2014
2 Ang Kampo No. 4 - July 23, 2014 72 hour kit or Lifeline kit w hen a disaster strikes, expect the first 72 hours to be critical. Power lines may be down, as well as water, telephone or mobile lines. If your area is flood- ed, your electricity has been cut off, and you’re cut off from the rest of the world as rescue may not be able to get to you immediately, you have nothing to depend on but your own resourcefulness and survival instinct. Every single adult member of the family has to be prepared to be self - reliant and able to survive for at least three days following a disaster. Even as we’re still reeling from Typhoon Glenda that recently visited us, RCCA scheduled a 72 hour kit assembly training for the mothers and some young adults of Bagong Barrio. They were taught on the importance of the kit, also called The Lifeline Kit by the PNRC. This kit can be a back pack that one can fill with supplies sufficient for 3 days such as bottled water, canned or dried food, tools/gear, personal effects and hygiene, important documents and money (to be put in a Ziploc bag), special needs of members of the family such as prescription medicine, and first - aid necessities will come handy should a disaster strike. We showed them how they can easily put together what they need for their family’s 72 hour kit or Lifeline Kit from what they already have at home, or from what they can source from grocery or the sari - sari store, hardware, pharmacy, etc. In closing, we advised them that putting together a 72 hour kit or Lifeline Kit can be a good family activity that they can do to raise their family’s awareness about the value and need for disaster preparedness.