How to Prepare for a Winter Emergency

by Maritime
Categories: 2021, News Archive

Emergencies and natural disasters frequently occur within our communities, but how prepared are we when they come upon us?

In the winter months, a storm may result in power outages leaving apartment buildings, and residential neighborhoods without power. It could be several days before power is totally restored so it is wise to have enough emergency supplies on hand for 72 hours.

As in past emergencies, The Salvation Army community response vehicle and volunteers are ready to respond. In the event there are such storms this year, it is helpful to have an emergency plan and a kit ready.

Basic Emergency Kit

  • Water – at least two litres of water per person per day; include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order
  • Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace food and water once a year)
  • Manual can-opener
  • Crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries). Replace batteries once a year.
  • Crank, battery-powered radio (and extra batteries) or Weatheradio
  • First aid kit
  • Extra keys to your car and house
  • Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones
  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
  • If applicable, other items such as prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities, or food, water and medication for your pets or service animal (personalize according to your needs)

Find out more ways to be prepared or learn more about Salvation Army emergency disaster services.


By: Jan Keats