MODC and The Weather Network
– Working to keep you safe!
We’re very excited to announce that March of Dimes Canada will be working with The Weather Network
to spread the word about emergency preparedness.
Starting in December, The Weather Network will be airing 26 weeks of emergency preparedness tips in partnership with MODC. Watch The Weather Channel this winter, or follow them on social media @weathernetwork
on Twitter to catch our emergency preparedness tips! You can follow the tips on Twitter
using the hashtag #TWNTips https://twitter.com/hashtag/TWNTips
and on Facebook
Latest Emergency Preparedness Tips
- Arrange for an out-of-area contact person. Keep their contact details and other emergency numbers near your phone.
- Ensure family members know where to find emergency numbers and contact information. Hard copy is best.
- Plan for 3 days of meals made from non-perishable foods. Choose foods you and your family like.
- Make lists of food items you can buy at dollar stores and supermarkets. Include a manual can opener.
- Store your emergency kit in an accessible location near an exit. Make sure family members know where it is.
- Keep your emergency kit in a container. Choose a sturdy backpack, plastic storage bin or garbage can with wheels.
- Stock your kit with a 3-day water supply; at least 2 litres per person per day. Add extra water for pets.
- A collapsible water jug and water purification tablets can be included in your kit.
- Keep a portable radio and batteries in your kit. Crank or solar-powered radios & solar-powered charging stations are ideal.
- Learn what risks may affect your community and do a home hazard hunt to make your home safer.
- Assign specific emergency tasks for each member of your household, e.g. one to turn off gas or electricity, another to care for pets.
- Identify safe places on your property that can be used as a gathering point.
- Plan and practice evacuation drills using two different escape routes from each room.
- Stock your kit with large or medium garbage bags. Large bags can be used as ponchos, ground cover or blankets.
- Identify a family meeting place away from home but close to school and work.
- Add to your kit a flashlight with batteries or a crank powered flashlight, stubby candles in a can, matches or a BBQ lighter.
- Add anti-bacterial hand wash, latex gloves and face masks to your kit.
- Check your insurance policies and make a record of your possessions.
- If you have small children, include baby bottles, formula and diapers in your emergency kit.
- Add a change of clothes for each member of your family and adjust according to the season.
- Include a lightweight pot or frying pan to your kit.
- Enroll a family member in first aid training. It could save your life.
- Add personal items to your kit, toothbrushes, paste and sanitary supplies are recommended.
- Add an emergency heat kit and re-fills.
- Prepare or buy a first aid kit.
- Add a rope, duct tape, multi-tool and bungee kit.
- Purchase grocery store food list. Check all expiry dates.
- Add a pocket knife, cutlery, a whistle and a spare set of house and car keys to your kit.
- Add sleeping bags or blankets and emergency foil blankets to your kit.
- Add important personal documents and photos of family members in a waterproof bag and add to your emergency kit.
Tips for the disabled community:
- If you have electric powered medical equipment at home that is vital for your health - register it with your power company.
- Know how much your wheelchair weighs adn if it can be easily transported. Have a plan for when the elevator is not working.
- Consider the vial of life program. It will give first responders your medical information.
- Have an extra charger for your motorized wheelchair or scooter.
- Install both audible and visual smoke detectors and have one attached to a personal signaling device.
- If you receive home health care/support, plan with your agency for an emergency event.
View video by The Weather Network of MODC's campaign to help Canadians prepare for emergencies: