Bruce County gives out tips during Emergency Preparedness Week

(Courtesy of Bruce County)

This week, Bruce County is making an effort to inform the public on how to best prepare for emergencies during Emergency Preparedness Week which runs from May 2nd until the 8th.

In the release from Bruce County, residents are reminded to have a plan to take care of themselves and their family for a minimum of 72 hours. That’s because in certain emergencies, it could take crews time to reach you. The release reminds everyone of three keys:

Know the Risks-In Bruce County, higher risk hazards include severe weather, floods, and power outages.
Knowing the risks in your region can help you better prepare.

Make a Plan-Every household needs an emergency plan. Your family may not be together when an emergency
occurs. Plan how to meet or how to contact one another. Discuss what you would do in different situations.

Get an Emergency Kit-Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Include basic items like food,
water, and a battery-operated or crank flashlight. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Make
sure your kit is portable, organized, accessible, and that everyone in the household knows where it is.

In terms of being prepared, the release states you should do things like draw up a floor plan of your home and know the exits, identify evacuation routes from your neighbourhood, pick an emergency meeting place if you can’t get home and make copies of important documents and keep them safe. You can also ask your children’s school or daycare about their emergency plan, have a plan in place for your pets, and make a neighbourhood emergency plan with your neighbours.

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