Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada

This is Canada's Emergency Preparedness Week! The government has set up a great website to provide some ideas for thought and ACTION called:  GetPrepared

The "Get Prepared" campaign encourages Canadians to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency, enabling first responders to focus on those in urgent need.

If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time you will probably realise that I believe that three days isn't nearly enough but it's a good start - better to have something in place than nothing.

Know the Risks So what are YOUR most likely risks?  Economic disruption, winter storms, heat wave, floods, pandemic, an EMP, a Nuclear accident, a chemical spill, the Zombie Apocalypse?

We'll have to survive on beans and pickles according to the picture!

Make a Plan What are you going to do about it?  What's your plan?  Do you have enough food in the house for three days for yourself, your family, any extra people who may happen to show up and your pets???  How will you cook the food?  Can you eat it out-of-hand?  Do you have a propane stove or BBQ with some stored propane?  Do you have some water on hand?  Would you know where to get more if the stores were closed or it wasn't safe to leave home?  Do you know how to purify water if the need arises and do you have what you need on hand to do so?  What would you do if it was the middle of winter and the power was out and you had no heat?  or the summer and you had no refrigeration?


Get a Kit What resources do you already have that you could use in an emergency situation?  What else do you need?  Do you have a family action plan?  A place to meet if everyone is away from home and you are unable to contact each other by phone?  Do you have a basic First Aid kit? Do you have extra blankets, tools, gas in the tank of your car to be able to travel, an emergency kit in your car?

Lots of questions...and many ways to answer them.  You can learn more at the websites above or grab a cup of tea and check out: 

1 comment:

  1. Great suggestions for all to follow.... thanks!


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