Be pre­pared for all dis­as­ters

Southwest Booster - - NEWS - Ge­orge Bowditch

Do you know that if you do not have at least a three-day sup­ply of food and wa­ter in your house for your en­tire fam­ily in­clud­ing your pets, you are not truly pre­pared for an emer­gency?

Ch­eryl Harper is the Swift Cur­rent and Area Out­reach Co­or­di­na­tor for the Cana­dian Red Cross and she is in the midst of pro­mot­ing Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness Week. She has a dis­play set up at Cana­dian Tire to show­case a va­ri­ety of Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness in­for­ma­tion.

“Peo­ple can drop by and pick up sheets. There are lists for mak­ing up an emer­gency kit, there is in­for­ma­tion where they can pur­chase an emer­gency kit if they pre­fer to pur­chase one, they can get one off the Red Cross web­site at www.redcross.ca and there is ex­am­ples of some items that you can pout in your kit.”

“There are tele­phone num­bers where you can call and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has an in­for­ma­tion book­let called ‘72 Hours’ to help you plan and set up your emer­gency plan with your fam­ily and items for your emer­gency kit.”

She pointed out that there are a va­ri­ety of emer­gen­cies that could hap­pen right here in Saskatchewan, both big and small.

“It doesn’t mat­ter where you live there is risks in any re­gion and the first thing to do is as­sess the risks in your area and then plan for that and set up an emer­gency plan with your fam­ily event it is a small dis­as­ter like a house fire.“

“You should plan right up to a large scale dis­as­ter like a maybe grass fires or tor­na­dos. Those types of things you have to plan for and of course every­one is think­ing about the Pan­demic right now so you have to plan for that as well.”

“I know peo­ple don’t al­ways think that broadly but are risks ev­ery­where no mat­ter where you live.”

Prairie res­i­dents need to be aware of the sea­sonal dis­as­ters which could af­fect them.

“There is in­for­ma­tion to help you plan for power fail­ures as well as it doesn’t mat­ter if it is in the win­ter or in the sum­mer, there is in­for­ma­tion to help you plan.”

Harper also men­tioned it is bet­ter to be pre­pared, be­cause by be­ing pre­pared will al­low emer­gency crews help out other that need help.

The lo­cal Co­or­di­na­tor for the Cana­dian Red Cross also adds that the pub­lic should make sure that their emer­gency kits are up to date.

“Your kit should be set up to help you for the first 72 hours which are the most cru­cial hours be­cause that is when there is go­ing to be the most need for the emer­gency ser­vices to try and cover every­one who needs help so if you are pre­pared then they don’t have to come out and help you. They can be help­ing some­one else who isn’t and does need help.’

“You should re­cir­cu­late things like food, go­ing through and check­ing for ex­piry dates for food and re­cy­cling your emer­gency kit.”

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