Emergency Preparedness Week May 7 – 13, 2017

Public Safety Canada is promoting Emergency Preparedness Week from May 7 – 13, 2017. This national event is to bring awareness to individuals and families on how to protect themselves in an emergency or disaster.

This year’s theme is: Plan. Prepare. Be Aware.

It is important for people to understand and know the risks, make a plan for them and their family and to ensure they have a fully stocked emergency kit on hand.

It is also prudent to have a “Grab and Go Bag” for each person in the family and one for your pets. A Grab and Go Bag should be the size that you can carry and kept near the main exit of your home. Recommended contents for a Grab and Go Bag are:

  • A change of clothing
  • Warm jacket or hoodie
  • Bottled water  and snacks
  • Personal care  items (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.) in a Ziploc bag
  • Family picture
  • Something to keep you busy  (e.g. journal/pens)
  • Coins or small bills to purchase snacks or make phone calls
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Emergency contact info/ medical information
  • Medication if needed
  • Extra shoes/clothes as space allows (women should keep an extra pair of flat shoes in their vehicle too – you can’t walk far in high heels)
  • A comforting item (blanket, teddy bear, trinket, toy)

For more information or to download a toolkit, visit: https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/ep-wk/tlkt-en.aspx