Emergency disasters can and do happen, are you prepared? We (Torontonians) have been very lucky that we haven’t really had to think about it much; however, emergency situations are becoming more and more common. We can’t ignore reality … it is our responsibility to be prepared.
We can prepare for emergencies, which in turn, will help us feel more in control. Being prepared can be the difference between life and death.
Preparing an emergency kit may be overwhelming at first but you can build it over time. The key point here is to build one and be prepared.
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On May 12th, Duracell extended me an invitation to attend their event in support of 2015’s Emergency Preparedness Week (May 4-9).
Duracell and the Canadian Fire Chiefs Association have been long time partners and they want to ensure that we are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way. We’ve certainly seen and felt the effects of the weather, especially over the past few years all across Canada.
Duracell plays a very important role in putting together your emergency preparedness kit that can sustain your family for 72 hours, and also your own emergency preparedness plan so that everyone in your family knows what to do. The event was extremely informative. There was a member of the Toronto Fire Department who took us through the steps that are needed to be prepared.
1) KNOW THE RISKS: Canada is a large country of vast landscapes and each area has its own unique vulnerabilities. It’s therefore important to know the particular risks that could arise in your area. Visit getprepared.ca for information relevant to you.
2) MAKE A PLAN: Once you know the risks, make a plan. Discuss options with your family and identify a meeting place, keeping in mind that your family may not be together when an emergency occurs. Take the time needed to prepare an adequate plan, as there are many factors for everyone in the household to consider and become familiar with should anything happen. You can download a printable plan from getprepared.ca to get you started.
3) GET A KIT: Many different items should go in your kit and should be tailored to your family’s individual needs. The goal is to have basic supplies available to that you and your household can be self-sufficient for 72 hours. The basic emergency kit should have:
- Bottled Water: 2 litres of water per person per day
- Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food (and a manual can opener), energy bars and dried foods
- Prescription medications
- First Aid kit
- Flashlight, radio and Duracell Quantum batteries that last up to ten years in storage
- External battery pack or wind-up cell phone charger
- Duct Mask and duct tape
- Personal sanitation items
- Warm clothes and blankets
- Important documents and emergency contact information
- Cash, including small bills and change for payphones
- Baby supplies and items for your pet (if applicable)