Keri Rafter, Community Services Co-ordinator/Disaster Management- Dryden and District Branch wants you to be prepared.

If you and your family were faced with an emergency situation, can you honestly say you'd be able to sustain for 72 hours with the resources you have on hand?  Each year, during Emergency Preparedness Week (this year May 3-9), the Canadian Red Cross takes the opportunity to remind families to plan for emergencies.  Common emergencies that could occur in our area would be house fires, power outages, forest fires, thunder storms, tornadoes, extreme heat in summer or extreme cold in the winter.  Everyone should have an emergency preparedness kit available, stored in a backpack or duffel bag so you can take them with you if have to evacuate the area. 

Suggested Items for your Emergency Supplies Kit:

  • Four litres of water per person per day (use sealed, unbreakable containers and replace the supply every six months)
  • Packaged or canned food that won’t go bad, and a can opener (replace the food once a year)
  • Walking shoes, rain gear, and a change of clothing
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • A first aid kit and prescription medications (check the medications every six months to make sure they haven’t passed their expiry date)
  • Toilet paper and other personal supplies
  • An extra pair of glasses
  • A battery-powered radio and flashlight, along with extra batteries
  • Spare cash
  • An extra set of car keys
  • A list of your family doctors
  • Important family information such as a list of any medical conditions or medical devices, such as pacemakers
  • Photocopies of all important identification for you and your family, including health card numbers
  • Special items for babies, elderly, or disabled household members
  • Cell phone and contact information for family and friends

For more on Emergency Preparedness Week May 3-9 visit here.