LGV Prepares for “The Big One”
by Kaye Robles
The LGV Community Disaster Council, in partnership with the LGVHAI and Foresight Life Resilience Corporation, organized a seminar on disaster risk reduction and readiness last March 15, 2017, facilitated by LCDR Ferdinand “Dino” Juan, a resident of LGV and Chief of Staff at the Philippine Navy. It was attended by 59 residents.
The seminar’s objective was to encourage residents of Zone 3 to create an Emergency Action Plan for the purpose of organizing and facilitating the homeowners’ and community’s actions during emergencies and disasters. The first step in creating an EAP is to conduct a risk assessment to identify potential emergency scenarios as an understanding of what could happen will help you determine the resources required, and the plan and procedures to prepare the home and community.
LGV is situated on the West Valley Fault, which makes us vulnerable to earthquakes and the aftermath. According to studies, the West Valley Fault moved 4 times in the past 1400 years, with an interval of more or less 400 years or an average of 350 years. The last major earthquake happened in the year 1658. Scientists say that an earthquake is due. According to the risk assessment conducted by Mr. Juan, if an earthquake were to happen, there will be homes affected by landslide and liquefaction. The subdivision may also be isolated in that nobody would be able to enter via Katipunan or Marikina.
As blessed as the subdivision is, we are lacking in the following crucial emergency necessities:
- Rescue capability to handle 900 homes
- Emergency medicine capability
- Security force to cover perimeter walls
- Capability for recovery/reconstruction
- LGU assistance
An earthquake can strike at any time and there’s a 50% chance that your family will be separated when it happens because of our different daily schedules. Although you can’t really be 100% prepared for any disaster, the first step is to make sure that everyone knows each other’s schedules. If you can’t be together when disaster strikes, at least you know where your family is supposed to be and where they can go to take refuge if your home is too far.
Preparing Your Home
There are five basic survival needs for disasters:
- Water – for drinking, cooking, and washing
- Food – for nutrition and medicine
- Shelter – for temporary housing
- Energy – fuel, batteries, LPG
- Security – to address looting and criminality
Stock up on a week’s worth of clean drinking water. One gallon is the minimum amount per person, per day for drinking and cooking. Make sure it’s sealed and secured, and stored in a dark place. It’s important to replace your water every 6 months.
Buy the same canned goods for everyone in your family to prevent the possibility of getting food poisoning. Get food like sausages, sardines, and spam instead of instant noodles, which requires additional water. Check on your supplies every six months to consume and replace expired goods. Don’t forget to stock up on any daily medication you may need.
Repack rice into ¼ kilo plastic bags and keep in a dry place. Mark each bag with a label that says “Consume by” and the date of expiry, which is 3 months.
Have tents and sleeping bags ready in case you’ll need to evacuate from your home. You can also stay in your car. The ideal amount of space is 3.5 square meters per person.
If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be more prepared for any disaster that may come.