Are you prepared for an EMERGENCY?

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Remember 2013? Many of us lived through a major snowstorm in February, incredible flooding in July and a devastating ice storm in December. Disasters we thought only happened somewhere else were suddenly happening to us!

 

With a little organizing and pre-planning, you and your family can be ready to face a range of emergencies—anytime, anywhere. Remember: if a disaster occurs in your community, emergency personnel may not get to you right away.

Your goal is to take care of you and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

Create a Family Emergency Plan and review it regularly to make sure everyone knows the steps to take if disaster strikes.

Public Safety Canada – www.getprepared.gc.ca — recommends creating a Family Emergency Kit that includes the following items:

WATER—at least 2 liters per person per day. Select smaller bottles that can be shared and/or carried easily in the event of an evacuation order.

FOOD that won’t spoil – canned goods, energy bars, dried foods…

MANUAL CAN OPENER

FLASHLIGHTS AND RADIOS – wind-up/battery-powered with extra batteries.

TELEPHONE – find an old-fashioned plug-in, rotary dial, landline.

CANDLES AND MATCHES – for heat and light.

FIRST AID KIT –an essential item.

SPECIAL NEEDS ITEMS – Prescriptions, infant formula, medical equipment…

EXTRA KEYS for your house and car.

CASH – small bills and change.

Your Emergency Kit should be easy-to-carry and stored in an accessible location. Make sure everyone in your house knows where to find it and when to use it.

May you create a Family Emergency Plan you NEVER need to use!

 

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