26 Weeks to Emergency Readiness

 

Municipality of Greenstone

26 WEEKS TO EMERGENCY READINESS

Accomplish one of these goals each week and you and your family will be ready

for any emergency – in only 6 months!

  1.  Identify safe places in your home and on your property.  Practice evacuation drills using different escape routes.  Your community may set up a reception centre for evacuees during an emergency.
  2. Identify a family reunion place away from home but close to your regular meeting places between work and home or school.
  3. Arrange an Emergency Contact person, along with other emergency phone numbers near each telephone and in each person’s wallet or backpack.
  4. Stock your home with at least a seven day supply of water for every family member and don’t forget to include water for pets.  It is best to store at least four litres (1 gallon) per person.
  5. Get a large portable container with a tight fitting lid to use as an emergency evacuation kit.  A plastic storage bin, suitcase or garbage can works well, particularly one with wheels.  Choose an accessible location for the container near an exit or in a garage or storage shed and label the container.
  6. Stock your home with several varieties of packaged foods, canned meats and dried fruit.  Include a manual can opener.  If needed, include infant supplies including disposable diapers, disposable bottles, formula, etc.  Plan for at least a seven day supply of food for each family member.
  7. Add more food items and supplies for pets to your supplies.
  8. Get a portable radio and extra batteries for your emergency kit.
  9. Learn about hazards.  Know the hazards in your community.  Check out the section on “Responding Safely During Emergencies”.  Also do a home hazard hunt to make your home safer.   Secure appliances and heavy furniture and move beds away from overhead objects like heavy mirrors and windows.
  10. Prepare a first aid kit that includes prescription medications, eyeglasses, bandages, sterile gauze pads, tape, scissors, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide and other items such as over-the-counter pain pills.
  11. Give every family member specific safety tasks to do in an emergency.  For example, designate one person to be in charge of turning off the electricity, one to collect the emergency container, one to track down family members and make sure people with disabilities or special health needs are provided for.  Make sure someone is also delegated to look after any pets.
  12. Add a flashlight and extra batteries, along with candles and waterproof matches to your kit.
  13. Add some dried soup and other items such as peanut butter to your emergency kit.
  14. Check your insurance policies and make inventory records of your possessions.
  15. Stock your kit with both large and medium sized plastic garbage bags (orange or yellow make good visible signals).  Large bags can also be used as ponchos, ground covers or blankets.  Add plastic or paper dishes and cups as well.
  16. Add a change of clothing for each family member to your kit.  Be sure to include seasonal clothing (winter/summer), heavy work gloves and sturdy shoes.