Apr 2012

The Top Ten Guide to Help You Deal with Severe Weather and Emergencies

The Top Ten Guide to Help You Deal with Severe Weather and Emergencies
  1. Begin by taking severe weather seriously as a family. Include the kids and learn about why severe weather matters to you.

  2. Prepare an inventory of the contents of your home. Knowing your stuff is important should a disaster strike.

  3. Talk to your insurance representative about your coverage. Do a current assessment of your needs. Know your home.

  4. Prepare your home. We talked about water and wind damage. If wildfire is a risk, learn more about how to stay ahead of the fires.

  5. If you live in Atlantic Canada, storm surges are a regular part of life. Here are six tips on coping:

    1. Keep floor drains clear of obstruction.
    2. Ensure you have proper grading around your home.
    3. Install a sump pump
    4. Install a sewer backup or backflow valve.
    5. Store important items where they won’t be damaged.
    6. Elevate furnaces, hot water heaters and electrical panels.
  6. If there is someone with a disability in your family, special preparations need to be considered.

  7. If an emergency situation develops when you are in your car, you need to be ready. Review the Ontario government’s recommendations for your car’s emergency survival kit.

  8. Experts believe a major earthquake in a populated area of Canada is inevitable. Review the earthquake home preparedness checklist and check off the items that you’ve already completed.

  9. Power outages are often short. But if they last, you need to know how to respond.

  10. Here’s a place for your kids to learn about dangers such as tornadoes and floods and what to do.


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