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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


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


How do you prepare to have emergency food on hand when you do not even have enough food in the house to feed yourself or your family? This week one of our local food banks, the Mustard Seed, is holding a Pie-Off Challenge in honour of the Great Canadian Food Fight, a cross-Canada food drive competition to see who can collect the most food. The Pie-Off is to challenge local businesses to collect cans, or pie … Read More


Camping Gear to the Rescue – Part II  In Camping Gear to the Rescue Part I, we shared how camping gear can double up as emergency equipment in the event of an emergency. Below are more helpful tips on where to store your gear and how being familiar with camping is an advantage when unforeseen circumstances force you out of your home.   Storage location matters Now you know how useful your equipment is, the … Read More


Wait! Don’t store your camping equipment away just yet! The nights are getting cooler, the mornings damper. Signs campers dread as the camping season comes to a close. Accepting the inevitable, we mournfully put our equipment away, catching wisps of smoke caught in the fabric of our tents that instantly transport us back to the warm glow of laughter and comradery around the campfire. Our thoughts drift off to the promise of next year’s adventures as we sadly … Read More


With summer approaching more and more people are getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine. Whatever your activity of choice may be it is important to be prepared if you are spending long days outside. Going on long hikes with your family can be the most enjoyable time and give you amazing memories. If you are out and something happens however, and you are not prepared for it, it can be a long stressful day. When … Read More


As recent news stories have shown, earthquakes can happen anywhere, anytime and it is important to be prepared all year round. Those who live in small rural communities may need to be even more prepared than those in larger communities. It is important to make sure you have all the essential tools for surviving and enough food and water to last you up to a month if needed. Living in a small rural community has … Read More