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2018 Emergency Preparedness Week

May 07, 2018

Have you ever thought about how to prepare for an emergency?

From May 6 through 12, Emergency Preparedness Week reminds us to prepare to be self-sufficient for 72 hours in the event of a disaster. 

For over twenty years, Emergency Preparedness Week has contributed to the national conversation about being ready to deal with the results of a major event or disaster, natural or man-made. This awareness campaign requires us to look at some of the questions that could help you family stay safe, like:

  • Are you able to look after your family for 72-hours?
  • Could you cope without power or tap water?
  • How would you contact your family and receive information? 

Emergency Preparedness Week reminds us to follow three simple steps to help you and your family become better prepared for an unexpected emergency.

Know the Risks

Canada's environment is varied and diverse. While the consequences of emergencies can be similar, it's important to know the risks in your own back yard. In Delta, we should be cognisant of our surroundings, like the coast, ports, and Burns Bog, while we also entertain the possibility of a large earthquake. Knowing these risks will help us better prepare.

Make a Plan

Dealing with an emergency can be extremely stressful. In advance of a crisis, you can save yourself some trouble by mapping out how you and your family can stay safe. Consider the special needs of each individual family member (including pets) when discussing your plan with your family. Make your own emergency plan online and download it here. Make sure to photocopy your plan and keep copies in safe and memorable places. 

Prepare a Kit

Most Canadians recognize the importance of having an emergency kit, but only a small amount actually have one. Emergency kits are vital for helping you and your family stay self-sufficient for 72-hours. Necessary items would include water, non-perishable food (with can opener), a first-aid kit, battery powered radio, and flashlight. It is also important to pack special needs, like baby formula or prescription medicine. 

Pre-packaged kits are available for purchase from St.John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, and F.A.S.T. Limited