NCDP developed the “5 Action Steps to Personal Preparedness” model for the purpose of providing an easy way to think about preparedness that applies to any emergency or disaster.
Having a personal and family preparedness plan increases your chances of staying safe and helps you to be resilient during and after a disaster. What risks do you face?  are the risks for you and your family where you live and where you go to school or work?
Below you will find a collection of resources which will not only help you bring your plan together, but will help you remain active and thoughtful throughout the process.
From left, Architects and UAP members Architect William Coscoluella, UAP President Architect Sonny Rosal, Architect Topy Vasquez and Architect Royal Pineda shared thoughs on building resilient houses for the Philippines on a round table discussion on November 20, 2013. A temporary shelter in cubic designs that can eventually be converted to a permanent house structure and building a refuge center in each city that can withstand effects of disasters—these are just some of the progressive ideas suggested by prolific architects during a media round table discussion on November 20, 2013 with the members of United Architects of the Philippines (UAP). In the light of the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda that left thousands of people dead and the survivors homeless, UAP initiated the discussion to discuss post disaster awareness and provide concrete options for government agencies to consider upon reconstructing the typhoon-hit areas. UAP member Architect Topy Vasquez shares his idea of providing temporary shelters in cubic designs that, in the long run, can be made permanent and can be altered depending on the owner’s preference in the long run. Designed by Architect Topy Vaquez, dubbed as the TPP system (Topy Pinoy Pabahay), Instahom is a temporary structure made for emergency shelter. One concrete example of this idea is Pasig Sports Center in Barangay Rosario in Pasig City wherein the structure serves a dual purpose both as a sports complex and as an evacuation area that can withstand a typhoon. Meanwhile, UAP member Royal Pineda underscores the importance of understanding topography as well as the education of the people on the relation of nature to the structure of their houses. In building resilient houses, Vasquez and Pineda together with UAP National President Architect Sonny Rosal also underscored other points like the importance of site selection; the reviewing and revising of the building code and the implementation of it and the reviewing of our houses if it can withstand effects of disasters.
The resource speakers also emphasized that well-designed houses has the capacity to withstand calamities. While UAP resource speakers shared their thoughts on mitigating risks by suggesting ideas on how to build resilient houses in the future, the professional organization of architects, seeing the immediate need for housing for the thousands of typhoon victims displaced, their architects will come up with a free of charge masterplan or design for houses that can be used by the government. Apart from this, UAP has also sealed a partnership with the Emergency Architects Foundation (EAF), a French-based non-governmental organization that will help in providing technical aid to the typhoon victims.


A team from UAP in collaboration with EAF will work together in the rebuilding of the calamity stricken cities. Moreover, apart from doing assessments, EAF will also implement other projects in the affected areas like providing livelihood programs, re-building of schools for the children to resume in their education and building houses or structures which will all be internationally funded. To ‘live with resilience’ means that no matter what obstacles you will face, you will survive and get back to normal. These can be very different places and different risks. Your family members, or other key people in your social network, may attend school, work or attend camp in a very different place than your home, even in different cities. Do you have infants, nursing mothers, children, elderly, anyone with special health care needs or mobility or developmental challenges? To stay, means you will “ride out” the storm or emergency at home or go to a friend or family member’s home and “hunker down”. To go means you may have to evacuate to an emergency shelter if emergency officials determine that your area is at risk for more severe damage or you may leave town entirely. Irwin Redlener speaks on fragility, conflict, and disaster risk pertaining to children in the global migration crisis at the World Bank Group’s Fragility, Conflict, and Violence Forum on March 1. Irwin Redlener discuss why emergency funding for Zika is necessary, but it shouldn’t be. Currently in the design stage, the sports complex is designed to accommodate the needs of evacuees including food storage areas and an area for tents. The rebuilding as I see it is to really have a concept of how a particular case can be addressed by really understanding the topography, the location and really give the information to the people who are living there.
It does not need to be luxurious but the key here is that it should be so basic,” he said. The design is free here in Manila and is meant to encourage practitioners as well to contribute their ideas,” he added. The joined teams will do an assessment and will then coordinate with concerned government agencies like the National Housing Authority (NHA). The mission right now is to provide temporary shelter in form of a canvas and roll form plastic. Using this framework of 5 critical action steps will help you think through, plan, and create a family emergency plan.


A well thought out plan also enables you and your family to be as comfortable as possible during and after a disaster. There is a third possibility, one we don’t often think about: if you are at work or school or on the road and a disaster strikes and you have to shelter-in-place, meaning you must stay wherever you  are until it is safe to leave. This could mean meeting your neighbors for the first time, forming or joining informal community groups, speaking to local emergency officials, or volunteering with preparedness organizations such as the American Red Cross or your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
And, if you are an emergency responder, or you have an emergency role at your work place, you will want to be assured that your family is taken care of before you answer your agency’s call to report to work.
My point here is that it’s like Lego, let your creativity come out to do what you want in your house. They will be done by Tuesday next week and they will report back to us and come up with modules already. Being prepared requires planning based on thinking–thinking about the risks you face, the needs of your household and the way you and your family live and work day-to-day. Your family plan will help you at home and at work and does not have to be long or complex to be effective.
It is best to know your risks now and plan according to your household needs before a disaster strikes. These modules now, we will farm it out to practitioners in Manila to be able to come up with a permanent house that is cost effective and yet dignified,” Rosal said.
It also means thinking about how you want to live during the days immediately following a disaster when government and community services may not be available, for days or weeks.



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