Monday, May 4, 2015

Emergency Preparedness Week

It's  Emergency Preparedness Week and each year I try to do a post on how I prepare
for any given emergency disruption should it happen.

With the unpredictable changes to our weather and with global uncertainties,
I try to be prepared 24/7, twelve months of the year.

My preparation is based on my own past experience, and what others had experienced from recent natural disasters.

My Car

Fuel Up The Car
I remember reading immediately after Hurricane Sandy, the long line-ups for fuel at the gas pumps.
Some lines where as long as 3 hours.
From this experience I now make sure at the end of each day my vehicle is fully fueled.
That I have enough gas to collect my kids, and return home again.
My children are away at school, living approximately two hours away.
In the event that a disaster hits and I have to get them, I want to have enough fuel to get there and get back home again.
If I am running chores that day in my vehicle, I make sure before I go home my vehicle has a full tank.

Supplies and Prep Kit
Inside the car, I keep a small gas jerrycan, a jug of windshield fluid, a small case of water and an emergency prep kit.
The prep kit is a small tupperware container full of emergency supplies in the event I ever need them.

I keep them tucked together for easy access.
Since I have a hatchback, I store them behind my seat, my daughter keeps her's in the trunk of her vehicle.

Here is what is inside the container:

For a complete list of the items I carry, click on last year's post.

In The Home

The Emergency Central Room
Inside my home I have a room that is "Emergency Central".
This room is my laundry/mud room, but it serves a duel purpose for my emergency stuff.

Everything in one room.
Inside this room I have all the supplies I will need in the event I have to bug out.
Bug out, leave quickly, get out and go. 
This room has cases of water, two pantries that house our emergency stock, camping supplies,
plus our boots, jackets and extra clothes.

Inside the one pantry is my bug out bag, extra shoes, blankets, sleeping bags, winter hats and gloves, a map,
extra sheets and towels, extensions cords.
For a complete list of what's in the bug out bag, click on last year's post.

And in the other pantry is the extra supply of non-perishable foods.
 I also have several cloth shopping bags to put this food in, in the event I have to grab and go.

Water - number one thing you will need in an emergency event.  Have lots on hand.
While most Township may or may not get emergency water in, it may take a while before that happens.
I remember living in a community where we had an emergency water contamination.
The grocery stores were sold out of water in no time, but there was one small variety store that did have some for sale,
and were charging an astronomical price.  Crazy and disturbing.
Stack up on water.

I always try to keep this room tidy and organized, not always an easy task for a mud room.
But in the event I ever had to leave in a hurry, I want to be able to grab what we need and
As I said, my "emergency central"!

Stay At Home
Staying put at home in the event of a power outage.
Several years ago we lived in a small village. One summer we had a major storm and it knocked out the power for four days.
We were a smaller village, so we didn't get our power restored until after the larger town did.
We had to bunk down for four days without hydro.
This was my pre-emergency prep days.  I was totally NOT prepared for those four days.
What I learned from this experience - it was interesting that of all the things we were without,
it was doing without lights in the evening that bothered me the most.
The candles were fine, but by the second night it was starting to feel gloomy.
Yes, I was disappointed we lost a lot of food, but what I was really needing was the light.
I think that having even one lamp to light up my home wouldn't have seem so destitute.

Pretty much after this experience, I started to educate myself on emergency preparation.
I would love to own a large gas generator in the event of a power outage, but at this time I can not afford one,
but what I could afford was a small version of it.
I bought a portable power devise at Canadian Tire.  A power pack for your car and for your home.
Mainly, it provides up to 20 hours of hydro for a small appliance.  And in my case, I would use it at night for a few lamps.
I also have a small fridge I could plug into this devise as well, if I had to move over some items such as milk products.

Everything I carry, from my car emergency supplies to my emergency home supply,
is based on what myself and my children need.
Each family's needs will be different.
I carry what we use on a regular bases and what food's we eat.
Again, each individual or family's needs are different.

While I do not believe we are in any threat of a world wide apocalypse that will end this planet,
I do try to prepare myself to live comfortable during an outage or any natural disasters.

Stay Informed

Knowing what's what is always a good plan.
There are a lot of social network sites out there that will keep you updated,
a few I follow are Ontario Warnings and Get Prepared on Twitter.
I also have a link to my local News station.

Are you prepared?

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  1. After living through Hurricane Isabel in Virginia that left us without power for 3 weeks and then Hurricane Ike that affected Ohio in 2008 and left us without power for a week, I've learned to be prepared, even though I now live in Arizona. Anything can happen and I don't want to be taken by surprise ever again. Great post :)

    I'm sorry to hear about your barn. I hope it can be fixed and you don't have to tear it down.

  2. What a great post !!! We survived Hurricane Andrew of 1992 ! But your list is GREAT....... Thanks so much