Unexpected situations happen everyday. Having supplies is one thing you can do to help manage many situations.
There are many ways you and your family can become more prepared. You can build emergency kits to help you “˜grab and go’. You can make sure you have enough supplies at home in case you have to take shelter for an extended period. In either case, your goal will be to have enough supplies to keep you and your family safe, warm and comfortable.
For more information on emergency preparedness check out alberta.ca.
Shelter at Home
Minimum of 14 days.
Canned goods like beans, soup and pasta ““ Dry pasta, beans, rice or other grains ““ Frozen foods such as fruit, vegetables, meat and meat alternatives
Water and Liquids
Minimum 72 hours supply of water and electrolytes (4 literes per person, per day).
Adequate supply of any prescription drugs, such as heart medication, insulin for people with diabetes and inhalers for people with asthma ““ Over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers, cold medications, digestive aids and anti-nausea ““ Essential medical equipment with backup power
Having a copy of all personal documents in a protective, sealable bag ““ Include identification, birth certificates, Social Insurance Numbers, critical medical records and prescriptions.
First Aid Kit
Gauze, bandages, tape and antibacterial ointment ““ Antiseptic wipes and protective gloves.
Hand Sanitizer and wipes ““ Soaps and household cleaning supplies ““ Personal and feminine hygiene products ““ Trash bags ““ Tissues, toilet paper and paper towels.
Enough emergency cash to cover 2 weeks of incidental expenses, if possible ““ Battery-powered or crank radio and flashlight, candles and matches or a lighter ““ Vitamins and supplements ““ Space heaters and extra blankets ““ Essential tools like a can opener or a multi ““ tool ““ Extra batteries for household items and medical equipment ““ Entertainment, such as board games, movies, podcasts and books