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!