With the arrival of May comes Emergency Preparedness Week, an annual event to encourage Canadians to pause, reflect and take action around being better prepared for a major emergency. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Stock up on water: 4 litres per person per day, for a minimum of 3 days.
- Stock up on emergency food: a minimum 3-day supply of ready-to-eat foods that don't require refrigeration or cooking. Don't forget the pet food.
- Gather emergency supplies: First Aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, battery-powered radio, work gloves, personal sanitation supplies (garbage bags/moist towelettes), whistle, and dust mask. Put it all together in one spot that is quickly and easily accessible.
- Make a reunification plan with your family. Where will you meet? Who will pick up your children from school if you aren't able to get there? Talk this through with your family.
- Download Alertable, a free public notification system that North Shore Emergency Management is using to issue emergency alerts.
The most important thing to do is just start. For additional preparedness information, visit North Shore Emergency Management, PreparedBC or the Government of Canada's Get Prepared.