Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Emergency Preparedness Week in CanadaIt won't be long before home and business owners turn the page to another month, bidding goodbye to spring and hello to summer. But with warmer temperatures comes the heightened risk of extreme weather. With Emergency Preparedness Week here, homeowners may want to use this period to get their homes prepared for harsh conditions and potential issues that could arise from stormy and hot weather.

To help Canadians get ready for various weather-related threats, the Insurance Bureau of Canada offers several tips that they can use so that they can effectively counter strike emergency situations.

Develop an emergency kit

Trying times are difficult to get through without material goods that provide families with the sustenance and resources they need to get through an emergency situation. Severe wind gusts and property damage that so often accompany hurricanes certainly qualifies as one. Thus, IBC recommends that families develop an emergency kit. It doesn't have to be exhaustive at the very beginning, but over time, collect as many things as possible that would be useful to have in a dilemma.

For example, every emergency kit should have enough resources to last a family for three days. Approximately two liters of water should be available for each person over a 72-hour period, and a similar stock of food should be available as well, preferably in canned form.

Other items to include in a disaster kit are batteries, bandages and other medical treatments, a flashlight and special needs items for people with physical or developmental disabilities.
In the event a family isn't all together at the time of an emergency such as a hurricane, a meeting place should be established. IBC recommends charting out an emergency plan and to go over what the procedure should be in instances where communication is limited.

IBC offers several other tips at their website, including guidance on updating one's home insurance policy to determine if additional coverage may be necessary. Those in need of Alberta home insurance policies may want to read through these tips as well.

Most hurricanes that have affected Canada have been in the Eastern and Atlantic provinces, but there have been instances in which the Western half of the country have been impacted. In 1962, Typhoon Freda struck British Columbia, which produced barometric pressure readings that major hurricanes typically have.