Do you know what to do in an emergency situation like a situation like a fire, earthquake, flood or ice storm? If stuck at home with your family, would you be able to make it 72 hours until help arrives?
It may seem like a hypothetical situation, but considering Canada was dealt 6,235 forest fires and 169 earthquakes in 2015, I can assure you it’s not!
People who are prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours after a disaster make it easier for first responders to help those who urgently need it – and this has a significant impact not only on their own survival, but the survival of friends and neighbours.
May 1-7, 2016 is Emergency Preparedness Week, and this year, Duracell and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) have teamed up to remind Canadians that everyone needs to be prepared in an emergency.
According to a survey conducted by Duracell in partnership with the CAFC, even though 34% Canadians feel they have experienced more storms and natural disasters in the past five years than ever before, the majority (53%) of Canadians do not have an emergency kit to sustain them up to 72 hours after a disaster strikes.
Always have an emergency preparedness kit, just in case. Here is a checklist of essentials developed by the CAFC and Duracell, a printable version is here:
Disclosure: This is a compensated post, yet as always, all opinions are my own.