Preparing for Severe Weather, of any Kind

While we’ve lucked out on severe weather in Calgary and surrounding area (fingers-crossed), weather has been a trending problem in other parts of Canada lately.

I found an article in Acreage Life Magazine, that provided some useful tips at the right time, on preparing your home for extreme weather. In the wake of the extreme weather we’ve seen so far this summer in Calgary: flooding, hail storms, etc., this information can really help you.

Have a plan in place:

• Establish meeting places in the home and neighbourhood
• Discuss your communication details: phone numbers, email addresses, etc.
• Keep a copy of emergency plans from schools, community centres, city centres, etc.
• Keep a list of emergency contacts: family members, physicians, etc.

Keep supplies on-hand:

• Keep enough non-perishable food, water and pet food to feed your family for up to 3 days
• Extra cash and copies of personal documents
• Battery-powered radio
• Medications
• Supplies such as: plastic sheets, dust masks, duct tape, etc.
• Extra clothing and hygiene items

Interested in reading more on this topic? Read the full Acreage Life article here.

Rural Living: How to get ready for winter

Living in a rural community means it’s even more important to be prepared for winter emergencies, seeing as how you’re farther away from supplies than urban dwellers. You never know when you may be snowed in, so here’s a quick reference to get prepared.

You should have an emergency kit on hand that has at least a three day supply of the following:

• Enough water for one gallon, per person in your home, per day• Non-perishable food items/high-energy snacks
• Food and supplies for babies/pets if you have them
• Any medications anyone may need
• Flashlight (hand cranked or battery powered)
• Extra batteries
• Radio/cell phone charger

*Rocky View County recommends not to include candles in your kit, but opt for flashlights instead, as candles are a major cause of fires.