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Family Preparedness: Is your family prepared?

Posted by Jacob Hillier on May 3, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Preparing for an emergency is important and something the whole family can do.  By taking a few steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies and minimize the impact on yourselves and your families.

Here are three simple steps to better prepare your family to face a range of emergencies:

  1. Know the risks - although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region (like what to do int he case of floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, storm surges, hurricanes, and technological or environmental accidents such as chemical spills and power failures) can help us prepare
  2. Make a plan - every Canadian household needs an emergency plan.  It will help you and your family knowwhat to do if disaster strikes.  We should all practice what to do in different emergency situations.
  3. Get an emergency kit - During an emergency, we may need to get by without power ot tap water.  We will all need some basic supplies (items such as three-day supply of water, non-persihable food, a flashlight, batteries, battery-powered or wind-up radio, first aid kit, pocket knife, prescriptions, extra set of keys and money, and copies of important documents).  Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.

Checklists for what goes into a basic kit and extra items, how to write an emergency plan and details on hazards across canada are availalbe at www.GetPrepared.ca

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