Natural disasters can hit home at anytime. Are you prepared? Something as simple as an extended power outage can be devastating. What if no stores could open & you are caught without water or are low in prescription medications. Here is a list of emergency supplies that you need to have ready.
The Emergency Supply List below is recommended by the Canadian Red Cross. Store these items in a backpack or small bag so you can take them with you if you have to evacuate an area. Plan/pack enough supplies for at least 3 days (72 hour time frame).
- 4 litres/1 gallon of water per person per day (use sealed, unbreakable containers & replace the supply every 6 months). In a pinch/emergency (dire circumstances) your hot water tank & toilet tank store water.
- Packaged or canned food that won’t go bad (& don’t forget a can opener). Replace the food once/year.
- Walking shoes, rain gear & change of clothing
- Blankets or sleeping bags very 6 months)
- Toilet paper & other personal supplies
- Battery powered radio & flashlight (& extra batteries)
- Spare cash
- Extra set of car keys
- List of family doctors
- Important family information, such as medical conditions
- Photocopies of important identification for you & your family, including health card #s.
- Special items for babies, elderly or disabled household members
- Prescription medications (insulin etc)
- Cellphone & contact information for family & friends
Most people don’t think about the need for an emergency supplies kit until something devastating happens.
All kinds of natural disasters are possible in Canada. Raging fires, earth quakes, floods & ice storms. Did you know that Canada is second in the world for having the most # of tornado’s? During a tornado, people will seek refuge in a basement. This is a good place to store/keep your emergency supply/survival kit.
There is so much information to share when it comes to emergency preparedness for natural disasters & severe weather. You might also find this site helpful: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/.
I just hope to have increased awareness & education on this topic. Perhaps I’ll help to prevent a possible bad situation from getting worse. Plan for the unexpected to keep you & your family safe. Start gathering items from the list above for your emergency supply kit & stay safe!