Be prepared for anything!

(July 03, 2013 )

In the past month here in Canada we have had some horrific events and disasters caused by MOTHER NATURE.  Emergency preparedness isn't something we, as Canadians think of very often. This year my family and I have organized and prepared a "Go Storage".  It is right by our front door and we have planned for up to 5 people for up to 7 days.  Here are a few ideas I would like to share with you.
Emergency Kits:•   Always have an emergency kit in your home.  Be prepared for at least 72 hours.  Your kit should include bottled water (4 L per person/day), ready to eat/high energy food, non electric can opener,  flashlights, battery operated radio, extra batteries, extra clothing, blankets and special care items such as baby needs or additional medication.•   NEVER use a camp stove, kerosene heater or a bbq indoors as they emit carbon monoxide.  Gas stoves use as heat will do the same over a longer period.•   Remember that gas stations will be closed during power outages so always make sure you have a half tank of gas or more in your vehicle.Evacuation:•   When you are asked to evacuate, DO SO and do it quickly.  Ensure pets are taken care of, shut off utilities if advised to do so and lock your door.  Listen to the radio for updates or to local authorities for further instructions. Tornado:•   Stay indoors, do NOT try to escape in a vehicle.  Head to the basement or under a large heavy desk.  Stay away from windows, outside walls and doors.  If you are outside, find shelter or crouch in a ditch, ravine or culvert with your feet together and your head down.Lightning:•   Stay indoors if you are already there.  If outdoors, keep away from power or phone lines as well as trees.  You may stay in your vehicle.Flood:•   Get to higher ground if possible.  Avoid already flooded areas, especially if the water is flowing quickly….even if it “looks safe”.  If your vehicle stalls, exit it immediately and get to safety.•   Most of us use the basement for storage.  You should keep valuables such as photos up off the floor and in waterproof containers.•   If you have a sump pump, check it periodically to ensure it is working properly.Insurance:•   Read your policy carefully and know exactly where you stand.  Always have your insurance policy up to date.  Never assume that a disaster will never happen to you.