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Emergency Preparedness Week - Have a plan

Posted: May 3, 2016

The RM of East St. Paul Emergency Preparedness Team would like to invite all residents to participate in Emergency Preparedness Week which is taking place from May 1-7, 2016. 
 
The theme this year is plan, prepare, be aware.  Emergency preparedness is one of the responsibilities of the federal government department known as Public Safety Canada.  Their website is http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca
 
In addition, you are also encouraged to visit the municipal website at http://www.eaststpaul.com.  Under the government tab, you will find the emergency preparedness topic which will provide you with a vast amount of information as well as answer some questions you may have.
 
We have previously provided you with information on creating an emergency plan specifically for your family.  In this installment, we are providing you with checklists to help you prepare for an emergency.
 
Basic Emergency Kit
You may have some of these basic emergency kit items already, such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water and blankets. The key is to make sure they are organized, easy to find and easy to carry (in a suitcase with wheels or in a backpack) in case you need to evacuate your home. Whatever you do, don't wait for a disaster to happen.
 
Easy to carry
Think of ways that you can pack your emergency kit so that you and those on your emergency plan can easily take the items with you, if necessary
 
Water
Two litres of water per person per day (Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order)
 
Food
That won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year)
 
Manual can opener
 
Flashlight and batteries
 
Battery-powered or wind-up radio
 
Extra batteries First aid kit
 
Special needs items

Prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities
 
Extra keys for your car and house
 
Cash
Include smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travellers cheques are also useful) and change for payphones
 
Emergency plan
Include a copy of it and ensure it contains in-town and out-of-town contact information
 
Additional Emergency Supplies
The basic emergency kit will help you get through the first 72 hours of an emergency. In addition to this kit, we recommend you also have the following additional emergency supplies. Then you will be well equipped for even the worst emergency situations.Two additional litres of water per person per day
 
For cooking and cleaning Candles and matches or lighter. Place in sturdy containers and do not burn unattended Change of clothing and footwear

For each household member Sleeping bag or warm blanket

For each household member Toiletries Hand sanitizer Toilet paper Utensils Garbage bags Household chlorine bleach or water purifying tablets
 
Basic tools
Hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, work gloves, pocket knife Small fuel-operated stove and fuel Whistle to attract attention Duct tape Emergency
 
Car Kit
If you have a car, prepare an emergency car kit and keep it in the vehicle. The basic emergency kit for cars should include the following items:Food that won't spoil, such as energy bars Water In plastic bottles so they won't break if frozen (change every six months)
 
Blanket
 
Extra clothing and shoes
 
First aid kit with seatbelt cutter
 
Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
 
Candle in a deep can and matches
 
Wind-up flashlight Whistle in case you need to attract attention
 
Road maps
 
Copy of your emergency plan and personal documents 

Also keep these inside your trunk:
Sand, salt or cat litter (non clumping)
 
Antifreeze/windshield washer fluid
 
Tow rope Jumper cables
 
Fire extinguisher
 
Warning light or road flares
 
We encourage you to visit https://www.getprepared.gc.ca. and open the tab labeled "emergency kitsb

 

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