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When it comes to gauging risk, and knowing the hazards that you are most likely to come up against, it’s essential to consider your geographical region. Knowing the weaknesses or tendencies of your area will narrow down your “options” by a large margin. For example, and in a rather macroscopic way, if you live in British Columbia, the main natural disaster concerns include avalanches, earthquakes, severe storms, floods, landslides, tsunamis and wildfires. A lot of … Read More


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What to do After Your Home Has Flooded by Snow Melt Dreaming of warmer weather and what is to come is exciting, especially if we have experienced a long cold winter. For areas with large amounts of snow fall, the rise in temperature can also lead to panic and uncertainty. No matter how much we prepare our home for the potential of flooding after a snow melt, it may not be enough and can lead … Read More


Yikes! Heavy snowfalls have been a regular occurrence this winter, especially for eastern Canada. Even though we are nearing the end of this cold season with warmer weather moving in, warmer conditions can also mean huge snow melts. The more snow you have in your area, the more at risk you may be for flooding and damage to your home. There are simple precautions one can take in order to decrease the risk that flooding … Read More


Efficient Use of Your Cell Phone During an Emergency Technology being what it is today, we rely so much on the use of our cell phones and electronic devices. They are such a big part of our lives that we may not often stop to think what we would do in an emergency if we didn’t have the use of our mobile phones. Whether you happen to be sitting at home when an emergency occurs, … Read More


Mobility Limitations During an Emergency We all have things to take into consideration when trying to prepare ourselves and our loved ones for a worst case scenario. In the case of a disaster, most of us are able to evacuate if necessary, easily get to a friend’s or neighbour’s house, or be comfortable sheltering in place at home. However, it might not be so easy for someone who relies on the use of elevators, electrical … Read More


Emergency Preparedness for Seniors Just as we want to prepare ourselves and our children for an emergency, we also want to make sure our elderly parents, grandparents, family, and friends are ready for the unexpected. Due to their age, older adults may likely have already experienced an emergency situation or two and know how to react quickly. However, the aging process can also make someone more vulnerable especially if they have a medical condition, mobility limitations, … Read More


Are Your Children Ready for an Emergency? Last week we covered how to look after our pets in Is Your Pet Ready for an Emergency?. This week, the next article in our Going Beyond – Preparing the Whole Family series hits close for many of us. It is scary to think that our loved ones may one day be faced with an emergency, especially when it comes to our young children. As much as we want to put … Read More


Close your eyes. Imagine you have to flee. Now. Visually walk through a whole day. What could you absolutely not do without? What would your children, pets, elderly parents or grandparents need? Does your kit cover these needs? Our article this week kicks off a series on Going Beyond – Preparing for the Whole Family. It is our intent that these articles trigger ideas of items to add to your emergency kits so you are not … Read More


Cook Indoors or On-the-Go! Imagine being able to cook your food, or heat your drink without starting a fire, turning on an element, or firing up the propane. You will love the convenience, lightweight, and simplicity of having a hot meal without ever having to strike a match. The BaroCook system is perfect for those who want good food, quickly. Bring it with you on your outdoor adventures and save time, cleanup, and hassle, so … Read More


Before you head out in the cold blustering snow be sure you have the basics covered when travelling either long or short distances. Even minor delays like a car accident up ahead can put you at risk if you are not properly prepared. Double check that you have enough fuel, your tires are in good shape, your lights work, your anti-freeze and washer fluid levels are topped up and your battery is fully functioning. Along … Read More


How often do we think about the amount of extra food and water we have stored away in case of an emergency? Or if we have extra batteries for our flashlights, and warm blankets in case our power is out for days? It crosses our minds from time to time that we should stock up on extra supplies, but a large number of us put it off thinking that it won’t happen. In reality, it … Read More


What’s the difference? Some emergencies result in you having to leave your house due to unsafe conditions. Other emergencies keep you confined to your home and you may be forced to stay put for days or even weeks. Depending on the area and climate you live in, you may require different emergency supplies for each situation. Evaluate what type of emergency preparedness supplies you will need for both Grab & Go and Shelter-in-Place scenarios. Grab … Read More


Most of us aren’t prepared if a disaster strikes, nor do we have the essential supplies to ensure we are equipped for at least 72 hours. Should help not arrive for several days, setting aside enough supplies not only for ourselves but our entire family is important. It is also important to be aware of extra items you may need depending on your specific area or community. Natural disasters can have similar consequences in all … Read More


The opening line of Tom Banse’s news report caught our attention: “Any parent of a rambunctious youngster can tell you trouble might be afoot when things go quiet in the playroom. Two independent research initiatives indicate there is a comparable situation with the Cascadia earthquake fault zone….onshore seismometers have detected few signs of the grinding and slipping you would expect to see as one tectonic plate dives beneath another” The unknown makes us worried. We … Read More


It has been a while since we brought you our end of week round up of news and events on the world wide web related to emergency preparedness.  This week brings us a short column on the use of reminders to employees to “don’t make yourself the first victim”.  A suspected Ebola patient is being treated in Boston and finally a timely article for winter climates addressing retailers on how to winterize their stores. It … Read More