As we have learned this past week watching the flooding of many parts of Ontario and Quebec, a disaster can strike at any time, and you could be asked to evacuate your home within hours of some type of natural disaster. Tornadoes, ice storms or winter blizzards can leave communities without power for days, sometimes weeks. Are you prepared in case of an emergency?
This is what Emergency Preparedness Week is all about. May 7 through 13th, the week is all about getting people to consider what they would do in the event of some type of a natural disaster and to be prepared the best you can for any type of situation that might occur.
The County of Simcoe advises you to make emergency plans that identify what to do, where to go, and how to contact family members in the event of a disaster.
Also, to prepare an emergency kit that allows your family to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours. Your family’s emergency preparedness kit should include: Non-perishable food and bottled water, crank or battery operated radio, flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, extra keys, copies of important documents, cash, clothing and footwear, blankets or sleeping bags, toilet paper and toiletries, medication, whistle, and playing cards.
For communication updates when the power is out and when cell phone circuits are overloaded , remember your battery radio can receive radio stations even when the power is out. ROCK 95 has emergency contingency plans to be able to continually broadcast throughout a natural disaster. Your radio can provide you updates on the latest news of what’s happening in the community as the disaster unfolds and can give you vital information you may need to stay safe.
For more info on what you should pack into an emergency kit, click here.