Disaster Strikes

DisasterI recently read that parliament decided not to pay for the 72 hour disaster kit for high paid civil servants.

That got me thinking…what is a 72 hour disaster kit?

As it turns out, I am not alone.  42 percent of Canadians are not ready for a flood, earthquake, ice storm, extended power blackout, terrorist attack or other disaster.

I guess I can only live in ignorance for so long.  I was in Durham Region for the blackout a couple of years ago.  I listened to the concern over the chance that the terrorist might target the Pickering Power Plant after September 11th. I sign my children’s permission slip for administration of potassium iodide.

Well, what should you do to prepare for disasters?

Public Safety Canada suggests that an emergency kit should include:

  • water – 2 litres of water per person, per day, and enough for 3 days
  • food – non-perishable items such as canned food, energy bars and dried food
  • a manual can opener
  • a first aid kit
  • a flashlight and batteries
  • prescription medications
  • infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities
  • extra keys for your car or house
  • cash – smaller bills and/or travelers cheques
  • photocopies of personal documents such as passports and birth certificates

You might also include items like toilet paper, blankets, extra clothing and shoes, other personal care items, or maybe a whistle to attract attention.

The Canadian Red Cross can help you prepare.  They also supply a Disaster Preparedness Kit.

I think my grocery list just got longer.