Disaster Risk Management

Are you ready when disaster strikes?

Topic: Home Health Care


Home health care is not as petty as getting medical care at home after being hospitalized. Although it is not as extensive as surgery or emergency care, it shouldn't be brushed off as a minor field or profession. In fact, home health care contributes more to keeping illnesses at bay in so far as recovery, rehabilitation, and treatment of patients are concerned.   A wide range of services comprise this area where professional home health care providers are equipped with medical skills and support services.    How does home hea...

Bid Super Lolo and Whistle Bomb Goodbye!


Goodbye Philippines! Goodbye Columbia! Goodbye World! You are definitely reading it right. These are not a farewell remarks of this year's grand winner of an international beauty pageant. Definitely not the words of a rage-filled youth trying to make a statement. Nor a parting phrase of your favorite rock band after their last song at a concert. These statements are some of the creative names to a number of firecrackers locally made, circulated, and sold at every streets or stalls throughout the country. They come ingenious and explos...

It's Never Too Late Now to Stay Safe


Of course, we all heard the names Yolanda, Auring, Milenyo, Pablo, and the list goes on. These are all tropical cyclones, which by names alone are enough to summon memories of lost lives of our loved-ones and kababayans, damaged properties, infrastructure and livelihood, and months of fumbling in the dark, literally and figuratively.   PAG-ASA recently issued to the public the official and auxiliary names of tropical cyclones that will enter the PAR (Philippine Area of Responsibility). Although the country is visited by an average of...



When within the blink of an eye you lose everything for which you have worked for years, hardly any words will be able to express your feelings. Disasters take simply everything away from us, even our lives. It’s true that we can’t entirely prevent the disasters, but we can be prepared to handle such situations. To prepare yourself, there is no alternative to learning about disasters and helping others learn. Natural and man-made disasters both have alarming and long-lasting effects on our lives. In either case, it’s not on...



March happens to have a high record of fire incidents nationwide, according to data from the National Statistical Coordination Board. Dating back to 1966, then President Ferdinand Marcos signed Proclamation No. 115-A, s. 1966 which states that March is Fire Prevention Month. And by virtue of Proclamation No.360, s. 1989, it is also considered Burn Prevention Month. The objective of fire prevention is to teach people to take precautionary measures to avoid conceivably harmful flames, and be educated o...

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What is ABK Rescue?

The Ang Bayan Ko Rescue program trains individuals on how to prepare to respond effectively during disasters and calamities in their communities. The ABK rescue team educates people about disaster preparedness and mitigation for dangers that might affect their area and trains them be self-sufficient in fundamental calamity response abilities, such as fire security, light search and rescue, group organization, and catastrophe medical operations.

After a major disaster, fire and rescue responders may not be able to provide a prompt response to all those who were affected. In these crises, it will be the community helping one another until the emergency response specialists arrive.

At the point when crises happen, the ABK Rescue team and volunteers can utilize their knowledge and training to give basic support to early responders, give urgent help to victims and casualties, and coordinate to establish a volunteer group at a disaster site when professional government responders are not able to send help immediately.



The program aims to establish the funds and resource base needed to implement and sustain a concurrent emergency preparedness program that will help reduce the impact of natural disasters, limit suffering and improve response time in providing critical provisions and essential services.


Volunteers prepared in ABK Rescue offer a potential workforce for performing obligations, such as shelter support, crowd control and clearing. Our mission is to provide help to communities that are vulnerable to the risks of natural disasters by improving emergency preparedness training, provide the communities with essential resources to become better prepared to cope and recover from the negative impacts of a disaster, and support search and rescue operations with equipment and material resources until other professional help arrives.

The following safety precautions to ensure a home free of fire hazards are recommended by the Bureau of Fire Protection:


  • Never leave your cooking unattended. 
  • Keep matches and lighters out of children's reach.
  • Stoves must be oil free; regularly check LPG for breaks with soapy water. 
  • Unplug all unused electrical appliances. 
  • Avoid outlet-overloading and using worn-out cords.
  • Keep combustible fluids and other burnable things far from the stove when cooking. 
  • Check and replace smoke alert batteries every six months.
  • Do not use extension cords as permanent outlets.
  • Ensure that curtains are far from electric fan blades.
  • Regularly clean and oil electric fans.  Do not postpone fixing damaged appliances.
  • Unplug electric appliances instantly after use. 
  • Never smoke in bed. 
  • Place candles in holders or a basin partly loaded with water. 
  • Put out candles before sleeping.
  • Do not store huge amounts of combustible fluids in the house or storage areas, such as: Gas/Kerosene, paints and solvents, engine oils, floor wax/fluid shine, glues (i.e., rugby) and alcohol items
  • Oily rags, newspapers, and other rubbish must be arranged in a sheltered waste pack or container.
  • Immediately clean up spilled oil and grease from vehicles.
  • Plug power tools directly into sockets; use only high-quality extensions.
  • Keep your garage well-ventilated to prevent development of exhaust and warmth from apparatuses.

Source: “Prevent fire through good housekeeping,” by the Bureau of Fire Protection  [PDF]


  • SMOKE ALARM - When fire hazard are still in a controllable state, this device will alert you. Consider to install smoke alarms in different parts of your house.
  • FIRE EXTINGUISHER - There are different kinds of fire extinguisher for every type of flame. Have an ABC- or ABCD-type of fire extinguisher in the kitchen and workshop areas. Ensure that everyone in the household knows how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
    Types of Fire    
    A Light materials  Paper, plastic, wood, leaves 
    B Flammable liquids  Kerosone, paint, solvents, adhesives
    C Energized electrical equipment  Plugged appliances and tools
    D  Combustible metals  Sodium, Zinc, Potassium 
    K Cooking fuels and oils  Frying oil, LPG 


  • Emergency Exit - It is suggested that each household have their own emergency exit. Be sure that every member is knowledgeable and understands the exit route. Execute fire drills with the family if necessary. 

Source: “Prevent fire through good housekeeping,” by the Bureau of Fire Protection  [PDF