Below are some useful reference and informational material that will assist you in preparing for a natural or man made threat, the unexpected and the unimaginable. An important facet to Family safety is having a plan and being prepared in case an emergency strikes. It is important so you can increase your personal sense of security and peace of mind and to know you will be ready in case of an emergency. Below are some useful reference and informational material that will assist you in preparing an Emergency Plan. Every day, public health works to prolong life and promote community health through disease prevention, control of environmental health hazards, and attention to the health needs of vulnerable population groups.
The Western UP Health Department works with local hospitals, emergency medical teams, county emergency planners, and regional, state and federal authorities to develop and exercise procedures to protect public health in the face of a wide range of possible emergencies, including natural disasters, contaminated food or water supplies, communicable disease outbreaks, and the potential use of biological, chemical or radiological weapons. For more information regarding local public health emergency preparedness, please contact Pete Baril, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, at (906) 482-7382 x 155. While we cannot know when disaster or public health emergencies will strike, preparing for the unexpected can help you and your family deal with emergencies more efficiently and effectively. Make a Plan: Make sure all family members know and understand what to do and where to go in case of emergency. Be Informed: Learn how to shelter in place, how to cope with the aftermath of disasters, and what terms such as quarantine and isolation mean. Have skills you’d like to share in the event of a local natural or public health emergency? Preparedness is another way in which my family and I limit our dependence, and position ourselves to be a help in times of need.
In addition to all of these things listed below, our family has created a backup plan of sorts. Subscribe and get my FREE ebookEnter your email address to get Frugally Sustainable tips, and my ebook, delivered straight to your inbox for FREE!!! These beneficial systems are low cost, easy to install - without hiring a plumber and designed as a temporary countertop system without the cost of a permanent water filtration system, but will filter or purify 1,710 gallons of water! Here are some general supplies I recommend to have on hand in order to make the elderly persons in your life more comfortable. Crutches or a walker, as well as tips and padding- I recently saw some walkers on sale at a national pharmacy for $70.  Not bad, perhaps. Reading Glasses- Given the wide availability of reading glasses- even at the gas stations—it may be easy to take this valuable asset for granted.
Denture Care Items- I get teased a bit whenever I teach my coupon classes because I have a section in my coupon notebook specifically for denture care. Wheelchair- While there are countless electronic wheelchairs in use presently, the likelihood of them remaining operable after any type of a crisis is rare. While you won’t be able to store months and months of the typical medications needed by the elderly i.e. You are the only person I've ever heard of who specifically mentions the particular needs of the elderly or infirm as a preparedness topic, and I read a LOT of prepper blogs.
Start learning some herbal medicine, keep as much prescription meds as you can on hand and rotate it. Real home made stock canned, or make your own electrolytes would be great for anyone that is ill. I stocked up at the dollar stores.Generic copies of Benadryl, ibuprofen, aspirin cold and flu medicine.
Jennifer,I don't think you can prepare for a serious disaster where people need their meds for years. The DI (for those of us in Utah) and thrift stores are great places for finding used medical equipment. Debbie, I have read the book and another one on the internet called "lights out" "One Second After" is much better but they both have some useful info in them. When I read "One Second After" the senerio of the nursing home and the one of the gangs hitting the pharmacies and hospitals seemed a realistic possibility.
I think the best thing to do might be to go see if we can get a perscription for a year in advance or for however long the medications are still active.
I was a combat lifesaver in the Army and then I come from poor country folk so learned all kinds of home remedies.
But directly for my condition I have a stock of Prednesone, a cane & ankle foot orthosis (which I have been using for a year now) a quad cane, walker and wheelchair. Debbie- On refrigeration you could look into a Claypot or Burlap bag Cooler or Root Cellars. I hate to say it but if society breaks down,getting the drugs and meds may depend on the black market. Please note that the name you use in the "Name" field above will be the name displayed on your comment.
By taking an active role in your community, you are helping to build a culture of preparedness in Canada.
Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually since 1996.
Set up a display at a local community centre, shopping mall, or school with free publications. Combine activities with local events coinciding with Emergency Preparedness Week and ask fire, police, ambulance, Search and Rescue, Canadian Red Cross, St. Encourage emergency services (police, fire, etc.) to hold an Open House or to offer tours during EP Week.
Test emergency plans through an exercise or talk about what you would do if there were a power outage, flood, or other emergency, or if you had to evacuate. Inform your workplace about EP Week by including the 3-Steps to Emergency Preparedness brochure with staff payroll stubs. Anna wanted to be better prepared for the flood season and decided to visit to find information on how to prepare her family for the unexpected. Want a practical presentation that will help make you and your community safer and better prepared to face a range of emergencies? Presenter notes: These notes provide supplementary information and activities for the group as you work through the slides.
Your Emergency Preparedness Guide: This 72 Hours emergency preparedness guide can be downloaded for free.
If you're the presenter, you may want to bring some kit items with you for the presentation. Share content from on your Facebook page or on Twitter (see sample microblogging content below). A hashtag is a word or phrase (without spaces) following a hash symbol (#) used to tag a tweet on a particular topic of interest.
Add the hashtag #EPWeek to your tweets to join the online conversation on emergency preparedness. Become an advocate for emergency preparedness by posting one of the images below to your website, blog, or social networking site (e.g.
We rely on technology more and more to keep in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues with a click of a button.

Conserve your smartphone’s battery by reducing the screen’s brightness, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using.
The worldwide cost of natural disasters has skyrocketed from $2 billion in the 1980s, to $27 billion over the past decade. Canada’s first billion dollar disaster, the Saguenay flood of 1996, triggered a surge of water, rocks, trees and mud that forced 12,000 residents to evacuate their homes.
Approximately 85% of Canadians agree that having an emergency kit is important in ensuring their and their family’s safety, yet only 40% have prepared or bought an emergency kit. In 2011, flooding in Manitoba and Saskatchewan featured the highest water levels and flows in modern history. Ice, branches or power lines can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of an ice storm.
The deadliest heat wave in Canadian history produced temperatures exceeding 44?C in Manitoba and Ontario in 1936.
In 2007, the Prairies experienced 410 severe weather events including tornadoes, heavy rain, wind and hail, nearly double the yearly average of 221 events.
The coldest temperature reached in North America was –63?C, recorded in 1947 in Snag, Yukon.
The largest landslide in Canada involved 185 million m3 of material and created a 40m deep scar that covered the size of 80 city blocks in 1894 at Saint-Alban, Quebec.
Hurricanes are bigger and cause more widespread damage than tornadoes (a very large system can be up to 1,000 kilometres wide). One of the most destructive and disruptive storms in Canadian history was the 1998 ice storm in Eastern Canada causing hardship for 4 million people and costing $3 billion.
The June 23, 2010 earthquake in Val-des-Bois, Quebec produced the strongest shaking ever experienced in Ottawa and was felt as far away as Kentucky in the United States. Using non-voice communication technology like text messaging, email, or social media instead of telephones takes up less bandwidth and helps reduce network congestion after an emergency. At the end of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Caribbean and the northeast of the North American continent. In a country that borders on three oceans and spans six time zones, creating an emergency response system that works for every region is a huge challenge. Everyone responsible for Canada's emergency management system shares the common goal of preventing or managing disasters.
Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face - whether natural or human-induced.
Emergency Preparedness Week (May 1-7, 2016) encourages Canadians to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while rescue workers help those in urgent need. I encourage you to contact (name and number of emergency coordinator), our departmental emergency coordinator, and to visit the special display that we have put up at (location of booth) to learn about our role in emergency response. By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere.
Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare.
2. How many litres of water per day per person should you have in your basic emergency kit? 3. Which tool allows you to learn about historical information on disasters which have directly affected Canadians, at home and abroad, over the past century? 5. Which of the following items should NOT be included in a basic emergency supply kit? Q2 - You can walk through moving flood waters as long as the water level is no higher than your waist. False - One of the worst floods in Canada's history occurred in July 1996 in the Saguenay River Valley, in Quebec. True - Although the most powerful earthquakes occur near the Pacific Rim, there are a number of Canadian cities that are vulnerable to earthquakes, particularly Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Victoria and Quebec City. False - Tornadoes occur most often in the spring and during the summer, but they may form any time of the year. True - In June, most hail storms occur in southern Canada and the north central United States.
This fun game is designed to raise awareness about emergency preparedness and more specifically, test the player's knowledge on emergency preparedness kits. After the one minute mark, show them the results and invite them to leave their name and contact information for the chance to win a prize! In 2008, Emergency Management Ontario partnered with Scouts Canada to develop an Emergency Preparedness (EP) badge program. Through a variety of activities, Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts will learn about natural disasters, enhance their emergency preparedness knowledge and acquire skills that could help save lives in a community. When an emergency strikes, knowing what to do can save time, property and most of all, lives. Both systems reduce lead and heavy metals by greater than 90% and remove at least 160 different contaminants from the water.
Given these vulnerabilities, considering their needs now, in a time of comfort, can provide a great deal of relief and care—even in a time of chaos. Fortunately, most of these items can be used in a myriad of other scenarios, so you don’t have to feel like you’re exhausting precious money and space for a narrow segment of preparedness. But then I came home and found both crutches and walkers on Craigslist for less than $10 each. Having your vision impaired is not only dehumanizing, it can also present a compromised security.
Not only is the denture adhesive good for the obvious, but it is also helpful with a broken or loose tooth. As such, I’ve keep my eyes peeled for the good old fashioned wheel chairs that folks are getting rid of for the newer models.  This way I don’t have to worry about batteries and I have a minimal amount of moving pieces to repair. I have one of the most squeamish stomachs.  My heart may desire to be a doctor or a nurse, but my stomach simply won’t let me.
I cared for a cancer patient in her home for about six months and she didn’t even have the strength to lift up a spoon for soup.  She also found that having to chew her food was much too arduous. If the grid goes down for a couple of years there is going to be a lot of die off, and I shutter to think of it. I have a great doctor at my VA clinic, she suggest vitamins and supplements along with my regular meds. Inspirational, funny one of my relatives has MS and we compare symptoms and what works to mitigate them. While governments at all levels are working hard to keep Canada safe, everyone has a role to play in being prepared for an emergency. With your help, together we can communicate the importance of emergency preparedness to all Canadians. It is a collaborative event undertaken by provincial and territorial emergency management organizations supporting activities at the local level, in concert with Public Safety Canada and partners. Using the hashtag will make it easy for users to come across your tweets when searching for messages on the topic of Emergency Preparedness Week.
These use less bandwidth than voice communications and may work even when phone service doesn’t.

This will make it easier to reach important contacts, such as friends, family, neighbours, child’s school, or insurance agent. Rail lines and bridge girders twisted, sidewalks buckled, crops wilted and fruit baked on trees.
If someone cannot cope, emergency first responders such as police, fire and ambulance services will provide help.
Depending on the situation, federal assistance could include policing, national defence and border security, and environmental and health protection.
It can take just a few minutes for the response to move from the local to the national level, ensuring that the right resources and expertise are identified and triggered. Public Safety Canada is responsible for coordinating emergency response efforts on behalf of the federal government. This special week is a national effort of provincial and territorial emergency management organizations, and Public Safety Canada. The arrangements for each family member to be at a specific land line telephone at a specific time may not be possible or useful under many conditions, as people may have to relocate or evacuate entirely during a disaster. The Canadian Disaster Database contains references to all types of Canadian disasters, including those triggered by natural hazards, technological hazards or conflict (not including war). While sturdy protective shoes are important during and after a disaster, they are not necessary for survival. Add 3-4 drops of bleach per litre of water with an eyedropper (do not reuse eyedropper for any other purpose).
Ten people died and 15,825 others were evacuated when flood waters swept through thousands of homes, businesses, roads and bridges. Violent storms may deposit enough hail to completely cover the ground, damage crops or block storm sewers. Add to this quiz by asking questions on potential emergencies that are relevant to your region. With support and advice from our federal-provincial-territorial partners, the Scouts EP program was launched across the country in March 2009. Cub Scouts (ages 8-10) will earn a badge for the program that recognizes broad and increased knowledge on the topic of emergency preparedness. The three main priorities to emergency preparedness are getting an emergency preparedness kit, making a plan, and being informed.
Additionally, the CCT-200P also purifies water with its advanced Nano filtration technology.
This is yet another item that you should be on the look-out for on E-bay, garage sales, and Craigslist.
Baby wipes will come in handy instead of having to provide a full bathtub of precious water. So I had to resort to creating liquid nutrition concoctions for her,  holding the glass to her mouth so she could use a straw.  The liquid nutrition can be something as simple as stocking up on Ensure or making your own electrolyte drinks. I found that getting stuck on the toilet one of the things I hated the most when I 1st got ill.
Most pharmacies today only carry a three day supply of meds and they often get shipments daily so the pharmacy will be out quickly. In some that situation will bring out the best, but I fear that in most it will bring out the beast. You can also make a root cellar above ground with insulating products such as Sand bags and Hay bales etc. Heck they have those little car fridges as long as you have fuel or battery power you have a fridge.
The PDF format will open faster, but the presenter notes will have to be downloaded separately. Suddenly these tools can become vital in helping you and your family deal get in touch and stay informed. That means everyone has an important role to play, including individuals, communities, governments, the private sector and volunteer organizations. Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better - both during and after a major disaster. Families should create an emergency plan and carry important information with them so they know how to get in touch and get back together during an emergency. The database describes where and when a disaster occurred, who was affected, and provides a rough estimate of the direct costs.
The flood was caused by 36 straight hours of heavy rainfall, for a total accumulation of 290 mm (approximately to the knees). Scouts (ages 11-14) will earn a badge that represents increased knowledge and skills in a specific subject area in emergency preparedness. We strive to approach life with an open hand toward all and seek to reside in community with like-minded others. They are a heck of a lot cheaper than the plastic bed sheets and yet they are just as effective.
You can also blend sprouts with milk or water and a little bit of extract for taste and have them consume that.  I also stock up on a whole food powdered greens drink.
If you live in an urban area, as much as you prepare there is going to be a lot of people who don't and their behavior is going to impact you greatly.
All we can do is spread the word of being prepared, preparing our selves as much as we can and praying it never happens. If your area offers 3-1-1 service or another information system, call that number for non-emergencies. Finally, both telephone land lines and cellular phones may be overloaded or out of service during or after an emergency, so knowing in advance where to meet is important.
EP Week is a national awareness campaign coordinated by Public Safety Canada and is about increasing individual preparedness - by knowing the risks, making a plan and preparing a kit you can be better prepared for an emergency. They will also come in handy in maintaining privacy in other areas of your home, or can even be used in an outdoor shower setting. Just a teaspoon of that in 8 ounces of water can provide a great deal of necessary nutrition and is easy on the stomach. I like the Vitamineral Green brand which is sold by GreenSmoothieGirl for the best price I can find on it.
I rely on this solution not only to provide patients with access to nutrition, but also to supplement my own eating habits as well. I think one of the most important things is there needs to be a leader of the community and I can foresee a lot of squabbling in most places for that leadership.
By the way, you’ll want to make sure that your straws are flexible (as opposed to straight) for the ease of your patient.
My hubby needs medication, while his need is not life threatening, his quality of life would be greatly diminished, he would become bed ridden with indescribable pain. The best we can do is find a doc who will prescribe the most meds he can and then I guess we have to prepare to keep the person as comfortable as possible til the end.

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