Sunday, August 28, 2011

Disaster! Do you Have a Plan?

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Funnel cloud near Christie Mine Road
Bill Torvi photo
Mankind has always had to deal with the changes in the weather.
It is most noticeable when it is extreme. Mother Nature has been strutting her power across the world recently, and Canada is no exception.
Within the last week Ontario shuddered in a quake, and the east coast was hit with Irene, a sledgehammer of a hurricane.

Alberta had more than its share of floods and fires this year, displacing people from their homes. A picture was taken of a funnel cloud just outside of Pincher Creek showing that we are not immune to immediate changes.

There are numerous sites on the web that can point you to how to prepare for a disaster, what to have ready to move in an emergency, in a vehicle and on your person. is the official website for emergency alerts in our area.

There are three things that most of the emergency preparedness agree on.

  • Take care of yourself, you are responsible for getting yourself past whatever crisis that you are facing until at least help arrives.
  • Communication is key.
  • Be prepared ahead of time. Once the situation develops, it is too late to decide to buy energy bars, band-aids, batteries or flashlights. Having them in your possession before the figurative lightening strikes is essential.

Catastrophe can strike quickly, as the over 300 motorists that were stuck for over 30 hours in a traffic jam close to Sarnia last December can attest to. Those that had emergency kits spent their time in the sub-zero temperatures in more relative ease than those that were without food, water, candles and assorted comforts.

What is your plan? You will make it back home more comfortably with just a bit of planning. Hopefully you will never have to take advantage of it.

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