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Is Your Emergency Kit Ready?

April 2, 2012

Disasters can strike anywhere and at any time. As we all know, in Alberta

  • TORNADO can strike quickly with significant damage.
  • WILDFIRES can threaten communities and restrict movement.
  • Heavy rains can cause FLASH FLOODING.
  • There are POWER OUTAGES,
  • INDUSTRIAL INCIDENTS,
  • MAJOR TRANSPORTATION ACCIDENTS.
  • Don’t underestimate the threat of intentional acts including TERRORISM on Canadian soil.

The Government of Canada suggests on their website (www.getprepared.gc.ca) that the following hazards could happen in our community:

  • Avalanche
  • Earthquake
  • Flood
  • Infectious disease outbreak
  • Landslide
  • Power outage
  • Severe weather
  • Tornado
  • Wildfire

 

 

 

(Picture taken from: CBC News Calgary Feb. 7, 2012)

If a disaster struck today, would you know what to do?

In a major disaster, it might take several days before vital services are restored. Did you know that you and your family should be prepared to be on your own for the first 72 HOURS? That means that you are expected to have enough supplies to be self-sufficient for THREE DAYS.

In an emergency situation, you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water.

Do you have an emergency kit? Does everyone in your family know where your emergency kit is?

Make an emergency kit TODAY!

You can always buy an emergency kit from Canadian Tire, Costco or London Drugs to name a few stores in Alberta that carry them. Included in the kit are first aid supplies, flashlights, batteries, emergency blankets and more. Or you can go online for The Salvation Army at www.sja.ca or the Canadian Red Cross at www.redcross.ca

Check off the following list to assemble a basic emergency kit yourself:

Water – Two litres of water per person per day (include small bottles)

Food – that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace once a year)

Manual can opener

Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)

Wind-up or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)

First aid kit

Special needs items – pet food, prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities

Extra keys – for your car and house

Cash – include smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones

Emergency plan – include a copy in your kit as well as contact information

(Source: Public Safety Canada)

For recommended additional emergency kit supplies go to www.GetPrepared.ca

Don’t forget to address the care of pets, aiding family members with access and functional needs, and safely shutting off utilities during your emergency planning. Discuss with the entire family who will do what in the event of a disaster. Who will call 911?  Who will be in charge of the dog or cat? Who will help Grandma get her heart medicine? Who will be in charge of purifying water?

You can never plan for a disaster. But you should be prepared for one.

If you don’t have a security system or don’t have it monitored, call me for a free, no-obligation consultation. You will be glad you did!

Ulli Robson, Security Specialist, (780) 288-2986.

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