The first two days of the Mabuhay Manila mission were all about encouraging trade and business. The delegation visited the Center for International Trade and Missions where we previewed Philippine-made products that you may one day see at Crate & Barrell or Whole Foods. Delegates also participated in forums with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry about doing business in Manila and San Francisco.
Naturally, as emergency managers, we had to find our own spin on things. We asked three things business leaders from Bay Area and Manila would share with customers about being prepared.
Dennis Biscocho, President, Bisocho Insurance Agency, Farmers Insurance
Dennis knows a thing or two about emergencies. He was on the ground with the Farmers Insurance Emergency Response team following the San Bruno gas explosion and fire.
- Have an emergency kit nearby and accessible.
- Have adequate coverage. Remember your homeowners or renters insurance doesn’t cover damage from an earthquake. In the Bay Area, you need earthquake insurance too.
- Safeguard the things that are important to you like documents, photos, or mementos.
Jason Yi Ming Han, Vice President of Business Development, Anada-USA
Jason specializes in travel and you’ll find that preparing for a trip is similar to preparing for an emergency.
- Safeguard your documents. Keep your passport and other important travel documents in a safe place. A TIP FROM DEM: Upload your important documents whether for travel or life to the cloud.
- Prepare a safety card with your doctor’s information, important phone numbers, and meeting locations. Sounds like preparing an emergency plan to us!
- Know the local culture. Customs may be different in another country. Researching your destination allows you have a smoother trip. Knowing to drop, cover, and hold during an earthquake will help you too!
The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry is enthusiastic about helping Filipinos in a disaster. Here are three things the private sector in the Philippines can do.
- Provide education and engagement. The chamber can educate their members and customers about how to prepare for an emergency. The PCCI is considering forming a private sector disaster coordinating council to help Filipinos.
- Businesses can help with response and relief. Private industry has the logistical capability and systems in place to deliver and distribute much needed supplies.
- PCCI can help the Philippines recover and get back on its feet. Their members have the capital and resources to invest and help Filipinos get back to normal.
Our team enjoyed meeting with business leaders in the Philippines. Soon, the focus of our mission shifts to the business of emergency management. Beginning Thursday, the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management will spend our time in Philippines meeting with Filipino emergency managers, first responders, and local authorities involved with the Bohol Earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda relief and recovery efforts.
Posted on February 19, 2014, in Disasters, Preparedness, Recovery, Resilience, Stories and tagged Manila, Philippines, San Francisco, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, San Francisco-Manila Sister Cities Committee. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.