Are You Prepared?

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In recent days seven communities in Ontario cottage country declared a state of emergency as they faced never before seen flooding. Many residents were unprepared as washed out or impassible roads left them stranded in their homes. Furthermore power was shut off for safety reasons and many home heaters and furnaces were flooded.

Emergency Preparedness Week, May 5-11, is set aside to underscore the importance of making some family preparation for the first 72 hours of a disaster.

“As one of the nation’s major emergency relief organizations, The Salvation Army recognizes the critical importance of being prepared for disasters,” says Major Rick Shirran, The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda’s Emergency Disaster Services Director.

“This means having food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days,” says Shirran. “While The Salvation Army makes every effort to respond quickly and efficiently with practical help, emotional and spiritual care, it could be hours or even days before everyone in need is reached.

“Now is the time to assemble your emergency kit,” continues Shirran. “Crises come when you least expect them. Planning now could mean the difference between ‘I can make it another few days in these conditions’ and having a breakdown over trying to cope with the circumstances surrounding the emergency.”

For a basic disaster supply kit click here.