MODC and The Weather Network
– Working to keep you safe!
We’re very excited to announce that March of Dimes Canada will be working with The Weather Network
to spread the word about emergency preparedness.
Starting in December, The Weather Network will be airing 26 weeks of emergency preparedness tips in partnership with MODC. Watch The Weather Channel this winter, or follow them on social media @weathernetwork
on Twitter to catch our emergency preparedness tips! You can follow the tips on Twitter
using the hashtag #TWNTips https://twitter.com/hashtag/TWNTips
and on Facebook
Latest Emergency Preparedness Tips
- Arrange for an out-of-area contact person. Keep their contact details and other emergency numbers near your phone.
- Ensure family members know where to find emergency numbers and contact information. Hard copy is best.
- Plan for 3 days of meals made from non-perishable foods. Choose foods you and your family like.
- Make lists of food items you can buy at dollar stores and supermarkets. Include a manual can opener.
- Store your emergency kit in an accessible location near an exit. Make sure family members know where it is.
- Keep your emergency kit in a container. Choose a sturdy backpack, plastic storage bin or garbage can with wheels.
- Stock your kit with a 3-day water supply; at least 2 litres per person per day. Add extra water for pets.
- A collapsible water jug and water purification tablets can be included in your kit.
- Keep a portable radio and batteries in your kit. Crank or solar-powered radios & solar-powered charging stations are ideal.
- Learn what risks may affect your community and do a home hazard hunt to make your home safer.
- Assign specific emergency tasks for each member of your household, e.g. one to turn off gas or electricity, another to care for pets.
- Identify safe places on your property that can be used as a gathering point.
- Plan and practice evacuation drills using two different escape routes from each room.
- Stock your kit with large or medium garbage bags. Large bags can be used as ponchos, ground cover or blankets.
- Identify a family meeting place away from home but close to school and work.
- Add to your kit a flashlight with batteries or a crank powered flashlight, stubby candles in a can, matches or a BBQ lighter.
- Add anti-bacterial hand wash, latex gloves and face masks to your kit.
- Check your insurance policies and make a record of your possessions.
- If you have small children, include baby bottles, formula and diapers in your emergency kit.
- Add a change of clothes for each member of your family and adjust according to the season.
View video by The Weather Network of MODC's campaign to help Canadians prepare for emergencies: