Things to pack in emergency kit in event of earthquakes: Taiwan authorities

Public are advised to renew the emergency preparedness kit every six months

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Kindergarten kids evacuate after huge quake hits Hualien

Kindergarten kids evacuate after huge quake hits Hualien (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The magnitude 6.1 earthquake that rocked the eastern city of Hualien and rattled almost the entire island of Taiwan has again brought to light the importance of disaster prevention and the need to prepare an emergency kit.

The public are advised to make sure such gear is easy to find and to reexamine the supplies it contains at least every six months, said the National Fire Agency (NFA) of Taiwan.

According to NFA, a survival kit should be stocked with the following items: bottled water, non-perishable food, ID document copies (i.e. ID card and National Insurance Card), cash, first aid kit, personal medications, work gloves, flashlight, whistle, radio, clothes to keep you warm, small blanket, lightweight raincoat, hand warmer, tissue paper, towel, mask, stationery (notebook and pen), backup keys, and Swiss knife.

For households with infants, ensure supplies such as infant formula, bottles, and diapers are included on the checklist.

As a reminder, Taipei City Government called upon the public to follow a few safety instructions in the wake of a major earthquake. People should watch out for any signs of irregularity on the exterior of buildings, and inspect if there is any crack appearing on the walls, pillars, and beams in their home.

Residents are also recommended to look out for gas leak signs, and should it happen, open windows and leave the house immediately while notifying gas companies to conduct a thorough examination.