Could You Survive for 72 Hours?
The MD of Bonnyville, along with the Town of Bonnyville and the FCSS is promoting November as 72 Hour Preparedness month. With the looming winter weather, residents should have enough resources available to be self-sufficient in their own home for up to three days. Emergencies such as forest fires, floods, storms or ice storms have all forced people to rely on their own resources prior to rescue. Could you survive for 72 hours if the power was out or there was a major disaster? The best way to prepare for an emergency is to be knowledgeable and to build an emergency kit.
The Red Cross recommends that you keep a disaster preparedness kit in your home with enough supplies to meet your family’s needs for at least 72 hours. By taking the time now to store food, water and other supplies, Canadians can provide for their entire families in the event of an emergency. It is important to store these supplies together in a sturdy and easy-to-carry bag, such as a backpack that can easily be used in an emergency situation.
- Water: During an emergency, tap water can become polluted or supply may be cut off. Canadians should store two litres of drinking water and two litres of water for washing per person, per day. A 72 hour supply should also always be kept on hand for family members and pets. Once per year, it is important to rotate your water supply and add fresh water to your kit. It is also recommended to listen to public announcements about treating the water in an affected area after a disaster.
- Food: Store at least a 72 hour supply of non-perishable food for each person. Select foods that are compact and lightweight, non-perishable and require no refrigeration, cooking, preparation or added water. Canned goods or protein bars are a good choice. Once a year, check the expiration dates of your food items. Ensure that there is enough for each member of your family.
- First Aid kit
- candles & matches
- manual can opener
- crank or battery-operated flashlight, with extra batteries
- crank or battery-operated radio, with extra batteries
- toilet paper
- hand sanitizer
- multi-tool/pocket knife
- battery operated radio
- duct tape
- garbage bags
- weather appropriate clothing (rain gear, winter wear, etc)
- sleeping bags and blankets
- personal hygiene products/toilet paper
- baby supplies (if needed)
- medication (if needed)
- pet food (if needed)
Additional items to consider
- plastic sheeting
- extra keys, for house and car
- important family documents (copies of birth and marriage certificates, passports, licenses, wills, land deeds and insurance)
Another thing to consider is a Vehicle Emergency Kit. Being prepared for a vehicle emergency is an important part of winter safety in Canada. Severe storms, breakdowns or simply getting stuck in a remote area can happen anytime. Be prepared to help yourself and your family if you are ever stuck in your vehicle for an extended period of time. In addition to your emergency preparedness kit, it is recommended that you keep these items in your car:
- food (non-perishable)
- shovel and ice scraper
- extra clothing and shoes
- crank or battery operated flashlight, with extra batteries
- road maps
- road flares
- work gloves
- sand, salt or kitty litter
- de-icer (methyl hydrate)
- windshield washer
- jumper cable
The best way to deal with an emergency is to be prepared. Don’t say I didn’t tell you!
Health & Safety Manager