Emergency Preparedness Week for Friday, May 6/16
Posted: May 6, 2016
As Emergency Preparedness Week draws to a close the East St. Paul Emergency Preparedness Team would encourage all residents of East St. Paul to join us in preparing for emergencies. As stated on the municipal website throughout the past week the theme for this year is Plan. Prepare. Be Aware. It is meant to help all residents take action to protect themselves and their families during emergencies.
Know the risks
Knowing the risks you and your family could face in East St. Paul can help you better prepare. The most likely risks in East St. Paul include floods, severe storms including tornadoes, blizzards, utility outages, chemical spills, and wildfires. Other emergencies can include bomb threats, pandemic flu, and suspicious packages. For more information on hazards visit the risk section of the GetPrepared.gc.ca website.
Make a plan
A plan will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. It only takes about 20 minutes to make your plan. A household plan includes emergency exit locations, meeting places, emergency contact numbers, a plan for pets and any special health needs. For plan details visit the Make a Plan section of the Get Prepared website.
Get an emergency kit
Preparing a Family Emergency Kit
Basic Emergency Kit
A kit should be assembled well ahead of an emergency as you may only have minutes to collect essentials. Creating a basic kit may be as easy as putting together items you already have such as food, water and blankets. Your kit should be in a container that is durable and easy to carry such as a duffle bag or suitcase with wheels. Keep your kit in an easily accessible location and tell all members of your household where the kit is located.
- Water (2 litres per person per day)
- Food (that won't go bad such as canned food, energy bars and dried food. Replace food and water once a year)
- Manual can opener
- Flashlight and batteries
- Radio (battery-powered or wind up)
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Special needs items
- prescription medicine
- infant formula and diapers
- equipment for people with disabilities
- pet food and extra water for pets
- Extra keys for your home and vehicle
- Cash (small bills such as $10 and change for payphones)
The basic emergency kit will help you through the first 72 hours of an emergency. It is recommended you also have the following supplies:
- Two additional litres of water per person per day
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Complete change of clothes including shirt, pants and sturdy shoes
- Candles and matches in a waterproof container
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, playing cards, puzzles or other activities for children
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper
- Garbage bags
- Household chlorine bleach or water purification tablets/drops
- Basic tools (hammer, pliers, screwdriver, work gloves, pocket knife)
- Duct tape
- Small fuel-operated stove and fuel
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, bank account records.
For additional Emergency Kit and 72 hour preparedness information visit the Get Prepared website.
If you have any questions regarding emergency planning, please contact the municipal office at (204) 668-8112 and someone will get in touch with you.