Emergency preparedness

If this is an example of how well Vancouverites can handle a small natural disaster we are completely fucked come the big one.

When fist-fights and hording are the results of a boil water advisory? When people are trampled and women with small children too afraid to enter the fray and leave their little ones unprotected? Over water? Sickening, totally sickening. I don’t know why it still surprises me how low people can go and how selfish people can become. It shouldn’t.

CTV had a story last night which basically said that this little incident should be a wake-up call for those living in the Greater Vancouver area to smarten the hell up and gather supplies to last for at least 72 hours UNASSISTED cos come a large scale disaster? You’re on your own baby.

It sure as hell woke me back up. I used to be preparedness girl and I got lazy. I had all the emergency supplies put together after my workplace put on a program and basically scared the shit out of me years ago. I left the big kit behind when I moved out from my ex’s and never got my supplies back up to the scale they were. I got complacent. Not smart.

I don’t want to turn into paranoia girl but there is nothing wrong with being prepared. I’m going to start putting together my kit. Thanks stormy weather, I needed that kick in the pants.

Emergency Supplies and Equipment:

It is recommended that your home be equipped with the following emergency supplies and equipment. Try to store the items in a place that will be accessible even if there should be structural damage to the home (e.g., in an outside storage shed, garage, etc.).

  • Bottled Water (two to four litres per person per day – 2 litres for drinking, 2 litres for food preparation/sanitation)
  • Food (canned or dehydrated, with current expiration dates)
  • Supplies for Infants and Children (formula, bottles, powdered milk, baby food, diapers, etc.)
  • Flashlight (with spare batteries and bulb)
  • Utensils (knives and forks, can opener, pots, etc.)
  • Paper Plates and Towels
  • Small Camp Stove or “Canned Heat” like Sterno
  • Paper and Pencil
  • First Aid Kit (with instructions)
  • Household Liquid Bleach (unscented) and Medicine Dropper
  • Blankets or Sleeping Bags
  • Portable Radio (with spare batteries)
  • Critical Medication (7-10 days of any prescription medications)
  • Spare Eye Glasses/Contact Lenses (and supplies)
  • Denture Needs
  • Spare Batteries for Hearing Aid
  • Fire Extinguisher (dry chemical)
  • Watch or Clock (battery or spring wound)
  • Resealable Plastic Bags
  • Plastic Garbage Bags to Store Waste
  • Sanitation Supplies (soap, paper towels, tissues, pre-moistened towelettes, waste containers, feminine hygiene products, etc.)
  • Small Shovel
  • Crescent Wrench (for turning off gas)
  • Other Tools (axe, hammer, screw driver, pliers, nails, etc.)
  • Rope and Plastic Tape
  • Warm Cap and Gloves
  • Candles and Matches (preferably waterproof)
  • Duct tape
  • Whistle
  • Large Tarp/Tent
  • Rain Poncho
  • Pet Food
  • Games, Books, Other Entertainment
  • Insurance policy numbers – Insurance Agent Contact Numbers
  • Numbers of People You Want to Contact
  • One Complete Change of Clothing
  • Extra Car Keys

How to make your water safe:

Use a container with a secure lid. You should clean it before you store water in it, by filling it with hot boiling water. You then add two (2) ounces of household bleach per gallon of boiled water. Let this mixture sit for five (5) minutes, throw away the mixture, and let the container air dry.

If you are making water from snow or taking water from a stream or lake, heat it to a rolling boil for ten (10) minutes to kill all parasites.

Water can also be treated in batches by using household bleach (5.25% available chlorine on the bottle). Add two (2) drops of household bleach for every liter of water and let sit for 15 minutes. There should be a faint chlorine odor after 15 minutes, otherwise repeat the process. If you want to reduce the taste of chlorine, let the water sit for a few hours before you drink it. Please note that the use of household bleach to kill parasites in water is not as efficient as the first method.

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One Response to Emergency preparedness

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