When Quebec had the huge ice storm in 1998, Canadians had a wake up call about being prepared for emergencies. It’s more than just having an extra flashlight and batteries handy, we need to be able to sustain ourselves with heat or power, which means we need to have an emergency food storage, an alternative heat source and resources like cash on hand when the unthinkable happens.
Steps for Emergency Preparedness:
- Discuss the various types of emergencies that could occur in your area. Think about what each event could mean in terms of needs.
- Know your community’s emergency plan. See if you can get a copy of it, and be sure to know the areas of your community that you can go in the case of emergency.
- Learn the emergency plans of your local schools and work places in case you are not at home when it happens.
- Make an escape plan from your home. Perform drills on how to get out and when to meet in the event of an emergency.
- Create an emergency kit that includes: food and water, clothing, blankets, flashlights, batteries, contact numbers, local plans, emergency money, first aid kit, etc.
There are other steps you can take to prepare for the worst, including:
- Invest in a generator to have as an alternative source of energy
- Purchase food insurance in case you lose your power and are forced to dispose of your fridge and freezer contents
- Keep important documents in a fire and water proof safe
- Keep your vehicle full of gas
- Be trained in first aid and CPR