Emergency preparedness for Metro Manila

During a large-scale natural or man-made disaster, we cannot expect to depend on emergency services or the government; all resources will be stretched to their limit. Our neighbors and friends will also be busy trying to save their own families and property. It may be several days or even weeks before help comes so we must plan to help ourselves until the crisis passes.

However, helping yourself doesn’t mean isolating yourself. Depending on the scale of the disaster, we may also need to help with rebuilding our community. Connect with others in the Prepare Manila Facebook Group. Join the discussion about building a more resilient Manila by preparing our own households.

Emergency preparedness begins at home

We hear that Manila is not prepared to handle a major disaster but there are many things we can do to minimize the impact to your own household. Preparedness begins at home and preparing Manila means ensuring that enough families take simple steps to look after themselves.

Getting started

Educate yourself about emergency preparedness

Prepare your family for emergencies

Inform others about preparedness

  • Educate your family and friends about being prepared for emergencies and disasters
  • Connect with others and help build a more resilient Metro Manila

Remember: you can avoid disasters by preparing for emergencies.

What to do in an emergency

Preparedness resources

Here are some preparedness resources and guides from around the web that may help you during an emergency or disaster event. If the external website is down, click the mirror link to download a copy archived on the Prepare Manila.

Title Source Size Mirror
Emergency plan card printable template Prepare Manila 26KB No
Treat your child’s diarrhea at home rehydrate.org 58KB yes
Home made Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) Recipe rehydrate.org 244KB yes
An Efficient, Inexpensive, Clean Delivery System rehydrate.org 107KB yes
Survival and Austere Medicine: An introduction Australian Survivalist Online 3.9MB yes
The Samaka guide to homesite farming The SAMAKA Service Center via Scribd 13.4MB yes
The Humanure Handbook weblife.org 3.9MB yes
Where There Is No Doctor Hesperian 11.6MB yes
Where There Is No Dentist Hesperian 7.5MB yes
Five Gallon Bucket Hydroelectric Generator Build Manual Engineering for Change 1.4MB yes
Guidelines on Rainwater Catchments Systems for Hawai’i The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, The University of Hawai’i 9.7MB yes
Emergency numbers printable template Prepare Manila 19KB No
Emergency hotlines from PCDSPO Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office 380KB yes
Five Gallon Bucket Hydroelectric Generator Build Manual Five Gallon Ideas / Sam Redfield (AIDG) 1.4MB yes

Emergency apps

Emergency Plan for iPhone, an iOS app version of a paper-based emergency plan card. Create a preparedness plan for your household or workplace.

A list of other emergency apps can be found on the sites below.