Friday, May 8, 2009

Emergency Preparedness

When emergencies happen, how ready are you? May 3-9, 2009 is Emergency Preparedness Week.

Being prepared for an emergency includes the preparation of an emergency survival kit. An emergency survival kit contains all of the basic items you need to remain comfortable for at least three days immediately after or during an emergency.

It is important the contents of your emergency survival kit are kept all together in an easy to carry container or bag in the event you have to leave your home as a result of an emergency. This will ensure you have all of your basic supplies with you. Your emergency survival kit should be kept in an easy-to-reach location and everyone in your family should know where it is stored.

The Emergency Survival Checklist below outlines the basic items every individual should have:

* Flashlight and batteries
* Radio and batteries or crank radio
* Spare batteries (for radio and flashlight)
* First-aid kit
* Telephone that can work during a power disruption
* Candles and matches/lighter
* Extra car keys and cash
* Important papers (identification)
* Non-perishable food (ready-to-eat items that do not require refrigeration)
* Manual can opener
* Bottled water (4 litres per person per day)
* Clothing and footwear
* Blankets or sleeping bag
* Toilet paper and other personal items
* Medication
* Backpack/duffle bag
* Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
* Playing cards

Emergency Preparedness Starts with You!

Be Prepared! Not Scared!

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  1. A couple of items.

    A family must have a number of pre-arranged rendezvous in case of evacuation and not everyone is home and accounted for.

    For those who have dropped their wireline phones, all is not lost. Arrange to have a message drop to leave and retrieve messages - preferably those of out of state/province friends, for the same reason as above.

    I have listed these items somewhere but have yet to implement them. I hope to do so before it is too late :p.

  2. Hi Anonymous,

    I totally agree with your suggestion. Who knows when an emergency will happen. Not all the occupants of your house will be there when that happens. A drop off point will be helpful.

  3. to Anonymous both,

    I agree with the idea. Bottom line is -- plan for an emergency...NOW!