You never know when an emergency will hit, perhaps forcing you and your family from your home. Are you ready to go on a moments notice?
Emergency Support Services (ESS) officials in the Central Okanagan suggest you prepare an emergency kit that you can simply grab and go, containing materials and belongings that will help you get through the initial hours after a disaster, or until its once again safe for you to go home.
Here are some suggestions as to what could be included in your kit:
- A small first aid kit & first aid manual
- Fire Extinguisher (Type A, B and C fires)
- Wind up or battery-powered Flashlight & batteries
- Portable wind up or battery-powered AM/FM radio & batteries
- Cash (smaller denominations) and coins
- Medications (if required), eyeglasses
- Waterproof matches & candles
- Food (dried fruit & soup, crackers, freeze dried/foil pouch products)
- A three day supply of water (at least two litres per person per day)
- Manual can opener
- A blanket and warm, protective clothing
- Sturdy, flat comfortable shoes
- Toilet tissue and other personal care items (ie. toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary supplies)
- Whistle, pocket knife
- Heavy Gloves
- Extra keys for your vehicle and house
- Flares (for the vehicle)
- Small tool kit (for the vehicle)
- Local maps
- If you have a pet, don't forget a three day supply of food
You may want to ensure you have a corded phone in your home as most cordless phones will not work during a power outage.
If you are given notice of an impending evacuation, you may wish to expand this to include items that can't be replaced such as photographic negatives or photos, special papers (insurance, medical records, records of your possessions) and family heirlooms.
You may wish to sign up to receive email notices of the latest information from the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre when it is activated in response to any emergency. Visit www.cordemergency.ca to subscribe and for information and links on preparing your family for any emergency.
You can find more information about preparing for emergencies on the Are You Prepared? page, along with links to the BC Emergency Management BC - PreparedBC website and the Federal program provided through the Public Safety Canada website.