Household kits with water is one lesson to take home from Emergency Preparedness Week

As Emergency Preparedness Week draws to a close, its important messaging along with recent local, national and global events reinforces an important lessons-learned – make sure your home is equipped with an emergency kit with food and water to last 72 hours.

A windstorm causing a boil-water advisory in Munster, floods in Manitoba and Quebec, and tornados ravaging many U.S. states bring home the message on how quickly an urgent situation can arise. Home and individual emergency kits and plans make your household and community more resilient.

Home emergency planning is simple – know the risks, make a plan, put together an emergency kit that includes flashlights, non-perishable food items, and – more importantly – water.

Water is a precious commodity that is often taken for granted in our modern world. However, natural disasters – such as floods and storms – or infrastructure problems can present a situation where quantity and quality of water can become compromised.

As a result, your kit should include at least four litres of water per adult per day for drinking, cooking and washing, for at least a three-day period. Children, nursing mothers and people with special needs will need extra water.

For your household water reserve, bottled water can be purchased at your local food and department store retailers and stored for urgent situations.

In urgent situations, it’s sometimes difficult to think clearly and logically. Preparing ahead provides greater capacity to act and think rationally and thoroughly.

A personal and home emergency preparedness plan and kit is just as valuable as any other form of insurance that you may hold for your family and dwelling.

So after this Emergency Preparedness Week, make sure you can answer the question: Are You Ready? Your best protection in any emergency is knowing what to do.

To learn how to make your home emergency kit, visit ottawa.ca.