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How to Make Preparedness a Part of your New Year’s Resolutions for 2022

New Year’s resolutions are a great way to take your one-day list and start checking off items.

This year, I’m planning to beef up my emergency kit. Even knowing what I know about preparedness, it’s way too easy to get complacent when I’m all snuggled up in my house with heat, electricity, and Wi-Fi.

A lot of people think prepping is getting ready for a big, huge disaster like an earthquake or tsunami. And while those are definitely risks here on the west coast, you should also prepare for more common situations like power outages and flooding from burst hot water tanks or weather.

Plus, it’s always a good idea to keep tabs on what’s in your kit!

Power Outages

One of the worst things about power outages in winter, aside from the internet being out, is that the sun goes down early. I might be able to feel my way through the house in the middle of the night for a glass of water, but it’s hard to cook dinner in the dark. And don’t get me started on how cold it gets.

Some of you might be thinking, “Don’t you have a flashlight or candles?”

I do. In fact, if you have a flashlight or candles ready in case the power goes out, then congratulations! You’re already on your way to preparedness. Easier than you thought, right?

It’s relatively easy to ride out a short-term power outage in relative comfort these days. You likely have the following items already in your home. If not, they’re relatively easy to find.

New Year’s Resolution: Put together a power outage survival kit. We’ve created a starter list to help you gather the basics.

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Power Outage Survival Kit

In addition to having a few items to keep you comfy during an outage, check out the Government of Canada’s recommendations on ways to prepare your dwelling for power outages.

If emergency crews are overwhelmed or otherwise unable to reach you—like what happened to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands in late 2018—the power could be out for weeks.

Make sure you have a grab-and-go bag handy in case you need to evacuate.

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This one hit close to home in November 2021 for us here on the west coast. A series of major rain storms flooded many a basement here in Victoria, but the lower mainland saw the worst of it with flooded homes, farms, and washed-out roads.

However, flooding isn’t always weather-related. A burst hot water tank or plumbing problems can also wreak havoc for an unsuspecting homeowner or renter.

Regardless of its source, water damage is a real concern. How can you mitigate any damage it might cause?

New Year’s Resolution: Prepare your home and belongings in case of flood.

Prepare For Flooding: What You Can Do Now

  • Keep electronics off the floor
  • Store important documents in a high and dry place
  • Make copies of your important documents and/or save them to a USB drive
  • Review your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy to understand what coverage you have for flooding
  • Stock up on safe drinking water
  • Make an evacuation plan in case you need to leave your home for a period of time

Preventative Maintenance

It’s always a good idea to perform preventative maintenance. Learn about what causes hot water tanks to burst so you can recognize the signs and stop it from happening.

Winterize your home and prevent burst pipes from causing issues.

If your basement sits below the water table in your area, it’s likely you’ll experience flooding. We found this article with tips on how to prevent basement flooding. It’s aimed at Ottawa residents, but the information is good for anywhere.

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Check Your Kit

The start of a new year is a great time to check your kit’s contents. Are your food and water still within their expiry dates? If it’s coming up within a few months, consider replacing them now and consuming the older ones so they don’t go to waste.

First aid kits sold in Canada are good for a maximum of 5 years. After this, medicinal ingredients may lose their effectiveness and items like antiseptic wipes may dry out.

Check the charge on any electronics and make sure batteries are stored separately.

Go over your emergency contacts list and update any information as needed.

Finally, review your emergency plan with your household. We created this questionnaire to help guide your discussion.

New Year’s Resolution: Update any expired or close-to-expired items in your emergency kit.

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We’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment below and tell us about your preparedness-related New Year’s resolutions for 2022 and beyond.

Friday Roundup – Disaster recovery, FEMA and power outage

As we move into the last week of May with Emergency Preparedness Week in our rear view mirror, we build on the awareness that the week has afforded us and kick off with a website that is getting lots of press.

The 40 Days and 40 Nights training course by AbsoluteRights.com shares the expert techniques for preparing everything needed for a full-scale disaster recovery.  Their course has 6 modules that covers everything from food, water, fuel, safety and medical and trauma care.  There is training and tips on how to avoid becoming a target and advanced survival and preparedness topics.  You can find a good review of the course here from the good folks at Apocalypse Survival Guide.

Under the heading of Caring and Sharing we have this from FEMA.  The US government Federal Emergency Management Agency has posted an article just in time for the long weekend on Three Opportunities for Sharing Preparedness this Weekend.  Aside from the usual – Know the risks, have a plan, build a kit – they encourage you to talk to your friends and family and practice your family fire plans.  There are handy links in preparation for nest weeks National Hurricane Preparedness Week.  Follow FEMA on twitter @fema.

After the power went out in the City of Iqaluit for over 6 hours on May 22, 2012,  a new initiative was struck to better coordinate the different departments of the City (fire, RCMP etc) and “beef up” for emergency preparedness.   Considering the remote location, fragile infrastructure and severe weather the city is exposed to, this initiative, once executed will serve the community well.