Be Prepared for 72 Hours
Winter storms are common in Oxford County, but they can be treacherous and damaging if you are unprepared. Bitter cold and winter storms kill more people than the number of Canadians killed by tornadoes, thunderstorms, lighting, floods and hurricanes combined. Being prepared can literally save your life.
In the event of an emergency, responders may be busy assisting those in immediate danger. A 72-hour emergency kit is intended to keep supplies for you and your family for at least three days during an emergency. As you develop an emergency kit for your home be sure to customize it for your family to ensure that everyone has all the essentials to be comfortable, this will include any special medications or equipment that may be needed for a person with a disability, babies, toddlers, seniors and pets too!
Some of the basic items that should be included in your emergency kit and packed away in an easy to carry bag or storage bin include the following items:
- Flashlight and batteries;
- Radio or crank radio (and batteries);
- Extra batteries;
- First-aid kit;
- A telephone that can operation during a power disruption;
- Candles and matches/lighter;
- Spare set of car keys;
- Important documentation (identification);
- Non-perishable food (ready to eat items that do not require refrigeration);
- Manual can opener;
- Eating utensils;
- Bottled Water (recommended to have two liters of water per person, per day)
- Clothing and footwear;
- Blankets or sleeping bag;
- Toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other personal hygiene items
- List of any food or drug allergies and all current medications;
- Whistle (to attract attention if needed);
- Basic tool kit, duct tape.
For preparedness during the winter months, ensure that you have extra warm clothes and blankets. Do what you can to winterize your home to retain heat by insulating walls, attics, basements, caulking or weather-stripping doors and windows. Ensure that heating equipment is properly maintained and that chimneys are cleaned and inspected every year.
In an emergency, people with special medical needs, babies, toddlers and seniors have extra concerns. It is important to keep in mind that in these situations, they may experience overwhelming stress which can worsen some medical conditions.
When planning for your pet, ensure that you have a carrier or cage big enough for the pet to stand, stretch and turn around in. There should also be room for food and water. Keep a five-day supply or food, any necessary medications, bowls, collar and leash. Pets should not be left in an empty house or to roam free.
72-Hour Emergency kits can be made at home or purchased online. Make sure that everyone in your home knows where your kit is and is able to access it.