Emergency Preparedness & Persons with Special Needs

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  In the event of an emergency, everyone should be prepared to take care of themselves and their family for at least 72 hours.  Having an emergency kit and an emergency plan are the best ways to prepare yourself for an emergency.  If you or a family member have a disability or special need, you also need to consider what … Read More

Summer Weather… Gone Bad

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The arrival of hot summer weather brings the risk of severe storms to our area.  Thunderstorms and lightning may quickly develop into damaging weather such as hail, heavy rain, high winds and tornadoes.  This may lead to power outages and flooding.  Do you and your family have everything you need to cope with these potential emergencies?  Take a few simple … Read More

Is Your Family Prepared?

Severe storms, spring flooding, power outages, road closures. It’s an emergency! You’re at work, your kids are at school and your elderly parents live across town. The cell towers are down and phones don’t work, you can’t get home. What will you do? Developing a family emergency plan and discussing emergency situations ahead of time will help you and your … Read More

Do you have what it takes?

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  Snow storms, spring flooding, tornadoes, power outages. Do you have what it takes to get through an emergency? Every household should have the following items in a basic emergency kit… Water – 2L per person per day Food – that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars, dried foods Manual can opener Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra … Read More

Using Technology during an Emergency

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  We rely on technology more and more to keep in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues. But what happens in the event of a major emergency? Suddenly these tools can become vital in helping us get in touch and stay informed. So here are some tips on using technology in an emergency: Use non-voice channels like text messaging, … Read More