Does every member of your family have a Grab and Go Kit at home? What about at school? Click here to learn what the Regional District of Nanaimo suggests. A principal who practiced Student Release Drills recommended a lollipop rather than a family photo. She said young children cried when they saw their family photo but the lollipop calmed them down. Experts are now suggesting everyone should be prepared to be on their own for one week.
When an emergency strikes, your personal comfort and well-being is essential – assembling a Grab and Go bag will bring some peace of mind and increase your disaster resilience. Backpacks are most comfortable and when full should weigh no more than ¼ of the weight of the person carrying it. The bag should be of good quality and sturdy, preferably waterproof and have outer pockets for items you may need right away. You don’t need to spend a fortune – go to a dollar store, camping stores, thrift shops or look online for supplies. Once your Grab and Go bag is stocked up, check the contents every 6 months to update and change out expired food, water and medications and ensure you have the right size and season of clothing. Suggested items include:
- Flashlight/radio/cell phone charger – battery, 9 volt, solar and crank varieties available
- Personal medications for one week. Ask your pharmacist about bubble packing.
- Basic first aid kit
- Personal/hygiene/toiletries items: glasses, contact products, waterless shampoo, toothbrush etc)
- Book/game – something to keep any kids busy
- Family photos
- Personal papers:
- copies of house, life, medical and car insurance
- out of province contacts
- list of medications, noting dosage and frequency
- daytime contact info for all family members
- pet vaccination record, list of any medications
- any safety deposit box info
- small amount of money
- extra keys to house, vehicles, safety deposit box
- walking shoes
- change of clothing and outerwear
- bottled water 2 litres/person/day (minimum)
- nonperishable food, can opener
- light weight emergency blankets
- large garbage bags to use a rain poncho, waterproof shelter, to keep a pack dry or to capture rain water
- whistle and map
To book a presentation in the Electoral Areas or the District of Lantzville, email BeReady@xxx.bc.ca or phone xxx-xxx-xxxx.
For further information on emergency planning please contact: Strategic and Community Development Department at xxx-xxx-xxxx Email: email@example.com.
*While these websites promote being prepared for 72 hours, recent events indicate it is more realistic to prepare for at least ONE WEEK.