Emergency Preparedness Week is underway with North Bay Fire and Emergency Services asking everyone to prepare for unexpected emergencies.
The theme of the week is “Be Ready for Anything”, from extreme weather to flooding and wildfires.
“Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face – whether natural or human-induced,” states a release. “The first 72 hours of an emergency are critical and every family should be prepared to be as self-sufficient as possible.”
Fire officials say it is important to:
- Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare. Risks such as severe storms causing major power outages, flooding and wildfire are examples.
- Make a plan – In an emergency, your family may not be together when a disaster occurs or you may be asked to evacuate your home. Have a plan including how to communicate and where to meet.
- Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit – During an emergency, you will need basic supplies. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. You may have to ‘grab and go’ your emergency kit with little warning if evacuation is required, or shelter in place. Keep in mind that power and tap water may not be available and don’t forget supplies for your pets.
- Stay informed – Listen to local channels for updates. Have a portable radio with extra batteries or a crank radio in your 72-hour emergency kit.
The 72-hour Emergency Kit Checklist below outlines the basic items every individual should have:
Manual can opener
Bottled water (4 litres per person per day)
Flashlight and batteries
Radio and batteries or crank radio
Spare batteries (for radio and flashlight)
Candles and matches/lighter
Extra car keys and cash
Important papers (identification)
Clothing and footwear
Blankets or sleeping bag
Toilet paper and other personal items
Pet supplies including collar with identification
Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
Playing cards/travel games