Emergency Preparedness Week takes place May 6-May 12 across the country. The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit works with our local municipalities, counties and government agencies to help reduce the impact of emergencies and disasters on people living in our communities.
We encourage everyone to be aware of their surroundings and the possible risks. Consider what you can do to prepare yourself and your family (including pets) before an emergency occurs. It is more common every year to see seasonal extreme weather events such as winter storms that we likely can forecast, and severe summer weather that can develop quickly. These weather events can cause power outages, delays in delivery of supplies (including food) and dangerous travel conditions. It is important to have an emergency kit that can sustain your family for a minimum of 72 hours to help you through times when services may not be readily available.
When creating your kit, consider sufficient amounts of non-perishable food that can be prepared without cooking, a supply of bottled water, first aid kit, clothing and blankets. Flashlights and extra batteries, and a portable radio will help keep you in touch with your community. Be aware of where important papers are stored and ensure you can access them quickly if needed. Consider the needs of those who rely on you including children, those with special needs and elderly parents. Have a plan of where you can meet should you get separated and have a common contact person designated outside of your area so you can let each other know how you are doing.
The Health Unit website has a fresh new look. Check out the Emergency Preparedness section where you will find emergency specific information, fact sheets and links to emergency preparedness sites to help you be prepared and stay safe. You can also connect with LGLHealthunit on Facebook and Twitter for important public health emergency updates. You can also call 1-800-660-5853 with any questions.