Severe Weather Preparation Guidelines

You should ensure you are prepared for emergency situations that may arise from a severe weather system expected to image02make landfall this week.   Families should be prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours in any emergency that may cause power outages or force evacuations.

According to Environment Canada, Hurricane Sandy is expected to impact the eastern coast of the United States and parts of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes over the next few days. The storm covers a wide area and the impacts of heavy rainfall, high winds and possibly snow may be experienced well away from the center of the storm.

Storm conditions could lead to downed trees, power outages and flooding.   Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours in an emergency.
We recommends families have the following items ready in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers such as suitcases on wheels or backpacks in the event of a power outage or an evacuation:
  • Store two liters of drinking water and two liters of water for washing per person, per day, keeping a 72-hour supply on hand for your family and any pets.emergency kit
  • Water purification tablets
  • Enough for 3-5 days.
  • Non-perishable dry or canned food such as ready-to-eat meats, fruits, vegetables, soups, juices and milk
  • High energy snack foods such as protein or fruit bars, trail mix, peanut butter and crackers
  • Comfort foods such as nuts, cookies, sweetened cereals, instant coffee, tea and hard candy
  • Special dietary and baby foods
  • Vitamins
Kitchen Supplies
  • Manual can opener
  • Eating and cooking utensils, mess kits, plates and cups
  • Matches or lighters in a waterproof container
  • Emergency cooking/camping equipment
  • Liquid detergent and household chlorine bleach
  • Plastic bucket and lid
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Ice and cooler
  • Battery operated waterproof torch
  • Candles and waterproof matches
  • Spare batteries
Communications emerg-kit
  • Battery operated AM/FM radio and spare batteries
  • Fully charged mobile phone and charger or phone card
  • List of emergency contact numbers
  • Pen and paper
Important documents in sealed bags
  • Passport, birth and marriage certificates and wills, consider keeping photocopies of originals and storing them in your kit.
  • House, life, health and car licence and insurance documents
  • Medicare, pension or personal identification cards and immunisation records
  • Household emergency plan with emergency contact phone numbers
  • Photographs, important memory sticks or CDs with personal information
Clothing and footwear
  • Change of warm protective clothing and shoes
  • Garden and rubber gloves
Tools and supplies
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Utility knife and duct/masking tape
  • Basic tool kit and supplies
Last minute items to include
  • Household emergency plan
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Cash, credit and or debit cards
  • Extra car and house keys
  • Special requirements for infants, elderly, injured, disabled and pets
  • Sturdy gloves
  • Change of clothes for everyone
  • Wool blankets
  • Important documents and sentimental items
Special needs

The following guides have excellent information for people with special needs, disabilities, or who may need some extra help during a disaster.
•    Emergency Management Ontario Guide for People with Disabilities
•    BC Preparedness Emergency Program: Preparedness Information for People with Disabilities