At On-Hold Marketing the greatest gift we can hope for this holiday season is that family and friends are safe. In light of recent disasters, we all know that a little bit of preparation can go a long way to making this wish come true.
According to the Government of Canada, Canadians should be prepared and able to cope on their own for the first 72 hours following a disaster, allowing first responders to focus on those in urgent need. This starts with having an easily accessible emergency kit on hand both at home and in your car in case you have to suddenly evacuate. Also, set up an emergency plan, so that if your family members and loved ones become separated, you all will know in advance about where to meet or find each other. Have one meeting place nearby and another outside your neighborhood, and then make a point of doing practice walks to them.
For helpful information about what to put in an emergency kit or how to put an emergency plan together, you can visit the Government of Canada website at www.getprepared.gc.ca or check out this article from The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/03/smarter-living/packing-emergency-kit-disaster.html. You can make your own kit, or, purchase a pre-made one ( I got mine at Costco) and add in any extra items as you see fit.
Just be sure to set a date once a year, to go through it and check for any expired items. Added items might include a waterproof container with needed medication, cash, sanitary napkins, copies of prescriptions, important documents such as identification, insurance and bank records, phone numbers of friends (both near and far), an extra set of house and car keys as well as special needs items for babies, seniors or disabled ones. If you own a car, it is also recommended to always keep the fuel tank at least half full.
Remember emergencies can happen anytime; in the words of Lee Child “Hope for the best, plan for the worst.”