May 6-12, 2012, is Emergency Preparedness Week. Time to dig out the boat rations and check the expiry dates. The Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) theme for this week is “Who depends on you in 72?” They recommend preparing for a disaster with a 72 hour emergency kit, a “ready-to-go” kit, and an emergency plan. As I look around my apartment, I’ve got most of what I need for the 72 hour kit. Hmm except for water. Not quite enough water for two people. I’ll have to do something about that. Island Song is a different story, we have 100+ gallon water tank so as long as we keep it full we have potable water on the boat.
Fresh water is my theme for this week. AEMA recommends a backpack for the ready-to-go kit, which is easy enough to put together. Four litres of water for each person is a lot to carry. BUT fresh water is the first thing that runs out and can be hard to get in an emergency situation. When the fires hit in Slave Lake AB a year ago, people had to evacuate immediately and had many had no time to put together a kit. That’s something to think about.
AEMA “Who depends on you in 72?” http://www.aema.alberta.ca/pa_emergency_preparedness_week.cfm
Get Prepared http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/
Emergency Info BC http://emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/