Learn how to be prepared for 72 hours in the event of an emergency.
A disaster can strike at any time. Are you prepared to take care of you and your family for72 hours?
Getting prepared is easy! We have broken the process down into 12 small steps. Complete one step a month, and by the end of the year, you and your family will be better prepared to handle an emergency.
Another way to get prepared is to know the potential hazards in your communitiy. Wildfires, summer or winter storms, tornadoes, power outages, chemical releases, railway accidents, industrial accidents and pandemics could affect Strathcona County.
For example, in a winter storm or in extreme cold, be sure to:
- listen to your local radio, television or weather station for updated reports and emergency information
- eat regularly and drink ample fluids, but avoid caffiene and alcohol
- avoid overexertion when shovelling snow; overexertion can bring on a heart attack which is a major cause of death in the winter months. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
- watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia
It is recommended to have a family emergency plan, designated meeting place if family members are separated, an emergency kit in your home and car, the ability to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours, the ability to care of special needs and pets and obtain some level of first aid training.
Become better prepared for an emergency by downloading a copy of Strathcona County's Emergency guide.