Emergency Preparedness Week runs from May 2 to 8, 2021 across Canada and here in CK Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services is encouraging residents to be prepared to protect themselves and their families for at least 72 hours should an emergency occur.
Know the risks, make a plan, and get a kit.
The consequences of disasters can vary, knowing the risks specific to your home and family can help you better prepare.
Making a Family Emergency Plan will ensure your household knows where to meet and what to do if an emergency should occur.
A 72 Hour Emergency Kit allows you and your family to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.
“By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared and most of the items you need for a 72 Hour Emergency Kit, you might already have in your household,” stated Whitney Burk, public educator, in a media release.
“This includes items such as bottled water, non-perishable food, a flashlight – we recommend you gather these and keep them all together. Emergency situations happen quickly and having a kit with things such as extra medications, a can opener, crank/solar powered radio, etc. is a small thing you can do that can make a big impact if ever needed.”
CKFES is hosting a social media contest asking residents to share their Emergency Preparedness Kit for a chance to win one of four $25 gift cards to their favourite local restaurant.
Contest closes on May 9th, details can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok @ckfiredept.
Visit getprepared.ca for more resources to help you and your family prepare.