Emergency Preparedness Week in BC is coming up – May 6-12. This is a week when our provincial government promotes awareness of emergency services and personal preparedness for emergencies.
A couple of days ago, I shared about the Open House that our local Emergency Social Services team hosted. A couple of comments got me thinking – are we really and truly prepared?
What if you were away from home for a day-trip, and a mud slide or sudden snow storm blocked your way home?
Or even if there was a major accident that stopped you on the road for several hours (this actually happened to us just south of Seattle, and with little knowledge of the area, we didn’t dare try any other routes)?
So are you prepared for an unexpected overnight stay, or even to be safe, warm, comfortable for a lengthy sit in your car?
Part of the ESS display was ‘car bags’ to address just such a situation. Today I’m going to share with you the kinds of supplies that would be handy to have in your car…just in case:
- blanket, space blanket
- a change of clothes
- sturdy, warm shoes
- jacket, baseball cap
- toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, hairbrush, shampoo,
- face cloth and towel
- snack bars
- toilet paper, disposable adult diapers (for men it’s easy, but what do women do????)
- garbage bag
- kids’ activities, keep them occupied!
- book, magazine
- first aid kit
- flashlight, candles, matches
- copy of picture id, pictures of yourself and your pets
- contact information of family/friends so they can be assured you’re okay
- somebody who can get into your house to take care of pets that are at home – and contact information for that person
- water and food for pets, in case they’re with you
Tomorrow, I’ll share some ideas for an evacuation bin.
Be Prepared! Blessings, Peg