Wednesday May 4, 2011
City Hall News
The average home has three days food in the cupboards, are you ready?
Released by Starlee Renton, City of Chilliwack
hile the City of Chilliwack has emergency plans in place for every possible emergency or natural disaster situation in Chilliwack, it is vital for each family to have an emergency plan as well. This week is Emergency Preparedness Week and if you haven't yet, there is no better time to start planning for your family's safety.
Preparing for an emergency is important and something the whole family can do. By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies and minimize the impact on yourselves and your families.
Here are three simple steps to better prepare your family to face a range of emergencies:
Know the risks - Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region (like what to do in the case of floods, earthquakes, wind storms, and technological or environmental accidents such as chemical spills and power failures) can help us better prepare.
Make a plan - Every Canadian household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and your family know what to do if disaster strikes. We should all practice what to do in different emergency situations.
Get an emergency kit - During an emergency, we may need to get by without power or tap water. We will all need some basic supplies (items such as three day supply of water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, batteries, battery powered or wind up radio, first aid kit, pocket knife, prescriptions, extra set of keys and money, and copies of important documents.)
Find checklists for what goes into a basic kit and extra items, how to write an emergency plan and details on hazards in our area at www.chilliwack.com/ep
As part of Emergency preparedness Week, the BC Government released the following information:
Be prepared, have a plan
VICTORIA – As part of Emergency Preparedness Week (May 1–7), the Province wants to remind British Columbians about the importance of having a family emergency plan.
Having a plan to deal with emergencies can make a chaotic situation far less stressful and go a long way to ensuring your family’s safety.
Make sure your family members know what to do if separated:
Iidentify a number of ways to contact each other – through another family member or a friend, for example.
Arrange for a place to meet like a library or community centre.
Be aware of your child’s school emergency protocol and designate a person who can pick them up from the school if you are unable.
Make sure your children know basic information so they can identify themselves and they are aware of 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.
Make sure your family members know what to do if at home:
Know which local radio station to listen to for information from authorities.
Ensure they know the location and how to shut off your home’s water valve, electrical panel, gas valve and floor drain if they are advised to do so.
Ensure they know the location of your emergency kit, first aid kit and fire extinguisher.
Visit Public Safety Canada’s website at www.getprepared.gc.ca for resources to get you started on your emergency plan.
For more information on emergency social services including how to volunteer in your community, visit: www.ess.bc.ca
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