(Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services)

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has had its share of natural disasters already this year.

The water, ice and wind may be beyond everyone’s control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face in our community and our homes.

During Emergency Preparedness Week (May 6-12, 2018) Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services is challenging residents across C-K to take action and be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies.

CKFES will be visiting high schools across Chatham-Kent to educate students about the importance of 72-hour emergency kits and the power of using social media during a disaster.

By taking a few simple steps, both students and the entire community, can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere.

It is important to:

– Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare.

– Make a plan, prepare the plan and test the plan – It will help you and your family know what to do

– Get an emergency kit – During an emergency, we will all need some basic supplies. We may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.

Visit http://ckfes.ca/72-hour-emergency-kit/ for more resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies.

– Photo credit: Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services