Be prepared for all disasters
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.”