By: Russ Nelson
Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada occurred last month from May 6 to 12, 2018!
We hope you took the opportunity to get out and learn what steps you can take to prepare for disasters, but more importantly how you can integrate simple small steps into daily life at home and at work! Workplaces in Canada usually are subject to legistlations to ensure minimal safety measures are in place, but what about home? What about while you are on vacations? Do you keep the supplies you need with you wherever you go?
Get Prepared Canada has a few toolkit ideas to assess your knowledge and planning skills! https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/ep-wk/tlkt-en.aspx#a08
Create a home emergency plan:
First Aid kits can be commercially made, improvised or assembled from things you feel you need everyday. The main challenge is to identify the situation specific needs, and ensure you know how and when to use the “ingredients” you have assembled. Maybe you are going camping and need a more robust kit for austere settings. What about hiking trips and the need for a map and compass with survival supplies as well as some first aid equipment? Maybe you take long trips on the road or travel into remote locations for work. You may need to make sure you can survive a night on the side of a highway in the winter and need to pack some warm clothing or sleeping bags. Essentially the point is, there is no one kit that can be a “solve-all”. You need to assess your needs and risks, and plan out what you need.
Being trained in CPR and First Aid can also be invaluable when someone is in serious medical distress.
First aid is emergency care given immediately to an injured person. The purpose of first aid is to minimize injury and future disability.
In serious cases, first aid may be necessary to keep the victim alive. First aid helps to ensure that the correct medical assistance measures are provided.
While every kit can be tailored to suit your own needs, some basic kit content suggestions provided by us at DisasterPlan.ca include:
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