The Devasting Calgary Flood 2013
Born and raised in Calgary I, along with the rest of the city and outlying areas are all in shock and disbelief of the severe flooding we are currently seeing on the television. The damage is extensive and devastating.
This type of flood is something that Calgary has never seen to this extent. It shows the true power of Mother Nature and how devastating it can be. We are so lucky to live in such a great city with low risk of devastating disasters.
This disaster brings to the forefront the need to be prepared and have an evacuation plan. I heard on the news that Home Depot is lined up with people buying supplies. If you have not been evacuated yet take the time to gather your emergency kit supplies of what you have at home.
Stay safe everyone!!
You may have some of the items already, such as food, water and a battery operated or wind-up flashlight. Have your items organized and easy to find. Would you be able to find your flashlight in the dark? Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. Keep it in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front-hall closet. If you have many people in your household, your emergency kit could get heavy.
Basic emergency kit items
Easy to carry
Think of ways that you can pack your emergency kit so that you and those on your emergency plan can easily take the items with you, if necessary.
Two litres of water per person per day (Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order)
That won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year)
Manual can opener
Flashlight and batteries
Battery-powered or wind-up radio
First aid kit
Special needs items
Prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities
Extra keys for your car and house
Have smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones (if you can find one these days)
Have a copy of it. Have in-town and out-of-town contact information. Think of where you can go before the emergency happens.