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Here’s Malaysia’s Official Natural Disaster ‘Survival Pack’ Guide By MET

Here’s Malaysia’s Official Natural Disaster ‘Survival Pack’ Guide By MET

An official guide to packing your own emergency bug-out-bag.

Maya Suraya

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The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami shook this part of the world directly affecting several countries like India, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Malaysia, Myanmar, Seychelles, Somalia and Tanzania were also affected, displaying the great magnitude of impact it had on a global scale.

I remember feeling dizzy the morning it happened, unbeknownst that one of the deadliest natural disasters was about to happen.

Incidents like this will often take you by surprise, and a lot of it depends on where you are at the time disaster strikes.

With interstate travel now open (and international travel soon!), coastal destinations will probably be a top priority for holiday seekers looking for fun in the sun and sea.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department has recently posted on their Twitter an infographic on what to pack to prepare you for an earthquake and tsunami threat.

(Credit: Jabatan Meteorologi Malaysia / Twitter)

For one household, they suggest one emergency bag that should contain the following.

We’ve added additional comments to further support their suggestions:

  • Important documents such as your identification cards, passport, and birth certificate. Certified copies of it will do too in case you need the original in hand.
  • Extra clothes, shoes, and a blanket not only will it keep you warm and covered, but the fabric can also double up as first aid.
  • First aid kit and important medicine especially if you’re diabetic or suffer from other comorbidities.
  • Whistle because they are louder than the human voice and their sound carries much further than shouting if you need help.
  • Canned food that will give you sustenance like tuna, sardines, beans, corn, etc… Preserved food works too.
  • Drinking water because it’s the key to survival. You can survive around three weeks without food, but without adequate drinking water, you have about three days.
  • Phone and power bank that’s fully charged. Don’t forget the charging cable that connects your phone to the power bank too!
  • Hygiene kit with essentials like soap and sanitiser. Dental floss is good to have too and this urban survival site has listed 27 survival uses for floss.
  • Portable battery-operated mini radio because before scrolling social feeds for news, the radio was (and still is) an important way to get your dose of information. Make sure to teach your kids how to use one!

The sudden post by the Malaysian MET did raise a few eyebrows with this netizen asking whether they were hinting.

While this netizen found it his duty to inform the public that context should have been provided with the post.

(Credit: afifizawawie / Twitter)

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