Did you know that May 1-7 is Emergency Preparedness Week?
The scene: The bedroom.
Wife: Hey! Honey? Are you awake?!
Husband: No. It’s 2AM! I’m sleeping!
Wife: I was just thinking that in event of a zombie apocalypse, we wouldn’t be ready.
Husband: Are you serious? You’re up at 2AM thinking about that?!
Wife: Yes. We have so many windows in this house. Zombies could even get though the green house. Do you think we have enough water, canned goods, and batteries and matches?
Husband: Go back to sleep. You’ve been watching too much of The Walking Dead.
Wife: We need a bomb shelter or a safe room. What are those things called? Cell something? Bunker something?
Husband: Go to sleep.
How prepared are you?
Sure, a zombie invasion is not something I believe will happen, but in event of an actual disaster, would our family be prepared?
My guess is that we may be okay. We live on an island. We live in the rural North. We live on a farm. We sometimes go for hours without hydro – whether it’s due to brownouts or planned power outages, which are far too common where we live. Our farm is on well water and not on town water, so sometimes we are without running water. I know. The for me (the city me) would have never imagined being able to survive this way.
If there were some kind of disaster like a big storm, I think we’d be prepared. My husband is big on preparedness. He makes sure that both our vehicles have emergency kits, first aid kits, extra blankets, water in coolers, and so on. He makes sure our house always has flashlights (with working batteries), matches, extra batteries, bottled water (in case we don’t have access to drinking water), canned goods, toiletries, complete first aid kits, lots of tensor bandages, rope, etc.
He even talked about wanting to build a safe house on our property. To this day, I have yet to discover whether he is serious about that or not. He just likes to be prepared. He’s the kind of guy who walks around with laytex medical gloves, a pocket knife and a headlamp with him at all times. I’m being totally serious! I joke that he’s like a Boy Scout – Always prepared. He was a first responder and volunteer firefighter for many years, so he really is all about being prepared for the “what ifs”.
Do you know what to do in an emergency situation like a situation like a fire, earthquake, flood or ice storm?
If stuck at home with your family, would you be able to make it 72 hours until help arrives? It may seem like a hypothetical situation, but considering Canada was dealt 6,235 forest fires and 169 earthquakes in 2015, it’s not!
I was just thinking of the wildfire in Fort McMurray this week and praying that residents are safe. Residents of the city had to flee while wildfire continues to consume their homes.
We live on an island, but we do have lots of forestland. In the past there have been terrible forest fires on the island. Not as large as in Fort McMurray, but enough to wipe out an entire area now known as “The Slash” (or so the story goes).
Did you know?
People who are prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours after a disaster make it easier for first responders to help those who urgently need it? This has a significant impact not only on their own survival, but the survival of friends and neighbours.
May 1-7, 2016 is Emergency Preparedness Week
This year, Duracell and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) have teamed up to remind Canadians that everyone needs to be prepared in an emergency. According to a survey conducted by Duracell in partnership with the CAFC, even though 34% Canadians feel they have experienced more storms and natural disasters in the past five years than ever before, the majority (53%) of Canadians do not have an emergency kit to sustain them up to 72 hours after a disaster strikes.
Here’s an emergency preparedness checklist developed by the CAFC and Duracell
Life on Manitoulin and Duracell want to help readers and followers be prepared. We are giving readers a chance to win an emergency preparedness kit valued at $200 containing the following items:
– Duracell Quantum batteries
– First aid kit
– Multi tool
– Can opener
– Dust mask
– Duct tape
– Emergency blanket
To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below. Open to residents of Canada only (excluding Quebec and Nunavut). Ends May 20th, 2016. Please view terms and conditions at the bottom of the Rafflecopter form.