Will you be ready when disaster strikes?

- July 3rd, 2012

A home surrounded by the waters of the Fraser River is protected by a homemade dam. ANDY CLARK/REUTERS

So what would you do if disaster struck your home or your town? Would you be ready to wait out the flood waters or deal with the kinds of power outages now plaguing parts of the eastern United States?

Public Safety Canada and the Red Cross both recommend having an emergency plan that can help you survive up to 72 hours. It’s pretty simple and highly recommended.

Here are the basic supplies for an emergency kit that you can put together yourself.

Water – Two litres of water per person per day (Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order)

Food – Food that won’t spoil, such as canned meats and vegetables, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year)

Manual can opener

Flashlight and batteries Battery-powered or wind-up radio

Extra batteries

First aid kit

Special needs items – 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 (travellers cheques are also useful) and change for payphones

Emergency plan – Include a copy of it and ensure it contains in-town and out-of-town contact information

You can find out more, including elements for an advanced kit here. You can also buy ready-made emergency kits that fit your family size.

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2 comments

  1. Richard says:

    Pay phone?

  2. Bill Elder says:

    Excellent segment!! Well said! Removing the cynical lefty stigma of calling anyone prepared for a disater a tin foil hat prepper.

    In Canada with our harsh weather EVERYONE should be prepared for a natural disater that knocks out electricity for an extended period – as the ice storms do to Quebec. With our neglected old and decaying electrical grid, long term grid (electrical delivery) failure is the most probable hardship we face. With a massive grid failure, not only will all your electrical appliances be defunct but also grid-reliant utilities like running water, phone and cell phone service.
    The vast majority of loss of life in natural disasters could have been prevented with some very minimal preparedness.

    I find it telling so many people these days have no plan for a disaster and intention to ever prepare for one, and will deride those who do. It seems to be an extention of the morbid entitlement midset that places 100% faith in the nanny state – nanny will save them, Nanny will never let anything bad happen to her servile wards – self sufficiency, self reliance and self actuated preparedness is evil, they are of the body -Landru loves them.

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