Makati distributes Emergency Go Bags to public school students

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What is it about?

The government of Makati City distributed Emergency Go Bags as part of its disaster preparedness program so that the communities are prepared for disasters and other emergency situations to Makati public school students.

A “go bag” is a portable survival kit recommended by emergency response experts for every household or facility. It is meant to help an individual or a family survive, at least in the next 72 hours after a disaster, and contains essential needs such as food and drinking water, hygiene kit, first aid kit, flashlight, and other handy materials.

The government through Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) is also rolling out infomercials for children, highlighting the value of preparing personal emergency bags at home, and teaching and citing examples on what to do and what to pack to prepare for disasters.

Who are involved and who is it for?

Through the Makati Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), the government prioritize the disaster readiness in schools because these are where children, who are most vulnerable, stay for the most part of the day.

The city government will release 1,600 Emergency Go Bags; 10,698 Individually-packed Go Bags; 17,300 small helmets for children; and 8,775 adult helmets for teachers and school personnel for the initial roll out of the project to all public day care, preschool, elementary and secondary schools in the city.

Where will the Go Bags be stored?

All Emergency Go Bags will be stored in the classrooms of the target schools, with one Go Bag 1 (which contains a total of 91 items) allocated for each classroom. For Go Bag 2 (which is an individually-packed emergency kit, has 14 items), certain quantities have been allocated per school initially, but that the end-goal is to provide them on a 1:1 ratio or one bag per student before 2018 ends.

Why is this being done?

The resolve to promote a higher level of readiness among Makatizens through building their individual capability for survival.

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