Emergency Preparedness Week is a Canada wide initiative to increase awareness of individual and family preparedness. The Ontario provincial theme for this year is “Emergency Preparedness Starts With You, Prepare Your Selfie!” which focuses on personal preparedness. If a major emergency happens in our community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.
The City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services and your Emergency Operations Centre encourages the residents of Kenora to build a 72 hour kit for their home. Take a selfie with the kit and post it on social media using #PrepareYourSelfie. Challenge friends and family to do the same. We all need to be prepared.
Your basic emergency kit should include:
• WATER – at least two litres of water per person per day; include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order
• FOOD that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace food and water once a year)
• manual can-opener
• crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries). Replace batteries once a year
• crank, battery-powered radio (and extra batteries) or weather radio
• first aid kit
• extra keys to your car and house
• some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones
• a copy of your emergency plan and contact information
• if applicable, other items such as prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities, or food, water and medication for your pets or service animal (personalize according to your needs)
Also emergency preparedness involves being aware of what is going on. Be sure to sign up for Kenora Alerts to stay informed. This notification system is in place for the City of Kenora to notify residents of emergency situations.
Make a Plan, Build a Kit, Stay Informed.