How To Stay Safe During Summer Storms
The splendid summer days are upon us, but with the season comes the potential of summer storms, including possible tornadoes, wildfires, and floods.
What can you do to protect yourself and your property from the worst effects of Mother Nature?
The Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) website has abundant information for you, including emergency preparedness plans, and pointers on getting ready for all sorts of natural disasters.
AEMA’s basic tips for planning and preparing for emergencies:
- Know the risks in your community and the most appropriate way to respond to them. Contact your local municipal emergency management office for advice on identifying the risks in your area.
- Make a plan for what your family will do, who they will contact and where they will go in the event of an emergency and practice it regularly.
- Pull together a 72-hour kit with enough non-perishable food, water, medication, warm clothing, and comfort items for all family members. Similarly, you should make a ready-to-go kit in case you need to evacuate your home quickly.
Your 72-hour Emergency Kit should typically include the following items:
- Food and water
- Bedding and clothing
- Fuel and lights
- Equipment (everything from pens and paper, to basic tools, to a radio)
- Personal supplies and medication
- Copies of personal documents, money (in waterproof container)
The AEMA suggests keeping everything in your Ready-To-Go Kit:
Keep ready-to-go kit items in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase, in an accessible place, such as a front-hall closet. Make sure your kit is easy to carry, and everyone in the house knows where it is. Take it with you if you have to leave your house so you can be safe.
For more detailed advice, you can go to the AEMA website at: www.aema.alberta.ca .
Another good source of disaster readiness knowledge is the Insurance Bureau of Canada. The IBC website provides recommendations to help you ensure that your property is protected before an emergency, with information on both insurance coverage and practical matters.
There are other key things you can do to protect your property:
- Make sure your doors and windows are properly sealed and weather-stripped.
- Ensure the ground around your home is well-graded.
- Install and maintain a sump pump.
- Inspect and clear your eavestroughs and downspouts.
- Scrutinize your roof and shingles regularly.
- Take a look around your yard. Prune or remove any trees or shrubs that might pose a danger during storms or wildfires.
- Properly secure any items that could fall or fly about and cause injury.
Prepare yourself and your home, stay safe, and enjoy your summer!
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