Emergency PreparednessEmergency Preparedness<div class="ExternalClassD05E6E77B648464CB9BDD101216D7A37"><p class="ExternalClass70452A02B88C41A9907867A054123728">And, when an emergency hits, you may be at home, at work or in your car so it's vital to be prepared for all scenarios. There may be no time to gather food from the kitchen, fill water bottles or grab a first-aid kit, flashlight or portable radio. You need to have these items packed and ready in an accessible, identified place at home and at work, and in your vehicle. Many of us <em>intend </em>to make kits, and if this has been on your to-do list and is still not done, consider purchasing ready-made kits.</p><p class="ExternalClass70452A02B88C41A9907867A054123728"> <a href="http://www.embc.gov.bc.ca/em/index.htm" target="_blank"> Emergency Management BC's</a> website offers information and checklists to help you prepare. Before an emergency strikes, they recommend:</p><div class="ExternalClass70452A02B88C41A9907867A054123728"><ul><li> Know your community's emergency and evacuation plans. </li><li> Know the location of your gas shut-off, electricity panel, and water valves. </li><li> Identify where the safest spots are at home, work and school. </li><li> Decide upon a family meeting place in case you are separated at the time of the emergency. </li><li> Identify an out-of-area phone contact person to call. </li><li> Keep sturdy shoes beside all household members' beds. </li><li> Take an approved first-aid course. </li><li> Always keep your vehicle gas tank half full. </li></ul></div><p>Emergency supply kit recommendations include:</p><ul><li>A three-day supply of food and water. Choose food that is easy to carry, nutritious and ready to eat.</li><li>Cutlery, plastic plates, large plastic bags.</li><li>Prescription medicines.</li><li>First-aid kit.</li><li>Portable radio, flashlights and extra batteries.</li><li>Important papers, and money and matches in a waterproof container.</li><li>Special need items for infants, small children, seniors, and even pets. </li></ul></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue6-a4.jpg2015-02-26T08:00:00ZGP0|#52401d1f-e9cf-4238-83ee-d36a1e035119;L0|#052401d1f-e9cf-4238-83ee-d36a1e035119|Issue 6;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassF44616F41ADD4627B1D608BDABDC1F4E"><p>‚Äč<a href="http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/ep-wk/index-eng.aspx" target="_blank">Emergency Preparedness Week</a> is the first week of May, but it's never too early to start preparing!</p><p>In addition to a major emergency like an earthquake, significant incidents like weather events, flooding, fires, hazardous spills, or disease outbreaks could affect our region and require community- and region-wide responses.</p></div>