Emergency Preparedness Week: A Tale of Disaster and Preparedness

Disaster can strike at any time. While the size of these can vary, the one common denominator is that you never truly know when it will hit. The ice storm this past December took a toll on the GTA and Southwestern Ontario leaving some residents without power for more than a week – over Christmas! With the climate change we are experiencing, natural disasters are becoming more common. It is Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada and the Federal Government is reminding you and your family to create a plan and ensure you have an emergency kit prepared that will help ensure your survival for 72 hours. ( This kit should include the basics of:

  • Water
  • Non perishable foods
  • Medical supplies (like bandages, alcohol wipes, gauze pads)
  • Candles and matches
  • Blankets and extra clothes
  • Activity books and toys to entertain young children
  • And don’t forget about the animals in your home—ensure you save food and water for them as well!

Last year, after the flooding in Toronto, we wrote about Emergency Preparedness and specifically how this relates to people with disabilities. Check this out here: Emergency Preparedness.  Also, check out the you tube video which services as a fantastic reminder that disaster can strike at any point. Are you be prepared?