Day 1 of the Emergency Preparedness Week takeover: Let’s Make Lemonade!

OK, so maybe that was a mean trick to get your attention, but now that I have it…

Remember that old saying?  When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  Well, even the most talented chefs among us will need a little more than lemons to make a refreshing beverage from scratch.  If those metaphorical lemons were actually an emergency event, and you were prepped with all the bits and pieces to make the metaphorical lemonade, I’d say you’d probably be feeling much less stressed about the whole thing.

In an emergency, you may need to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours.  Or you may have to evacuate your home at a moment’s notice.  If you have to leave your home, an Emergency Social Services team will be on hand to help you with your next steps.

Preparing you and your family for an emergency or disaster doesn’t have to be difficult – or expensive – and putting things in place now will leave you feeling more in control should disaster strike.

 

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This week is Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada, an annual national awareness initiative that is part of Canada’s Get Prepared Campaign.  This year, the theme is Plan, Prepare, Be Aware – and now is the perfect time to follow my simple Five Steps To Emergency Preparedness Program and do just that!

Over the next seven days, I will be sharing with you tips and tricks on emergency preparedness, including how to build an emergency kit, putting together a family plan and preparing your pets for an emergency.

Completing all this in a week is perhaps a little unrealistic, so I’d like to challenge you to, say, one step a month.  Starting now.  By fall, you’ll be as prepared as a whole troop of Boy Scouts…or something like that.

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As Vince Lombardi once said: “Preparedness is the ultimate confidence builder”.  So join me for the next week and let’s build some confidence and some emergency kits.

Who are you, exactly?!  My name is Rachael Low.  I am the Emergency Program Coordinator for the Village of Pemberton, dog lover and organizer extraordinaire.

Pemberton has been my home for four years, and I never cease to be thrilled and amazed by this wonderful community.  Last year I loved seeing everyone pull together to help out those in need during the November floods.  And that was the inspiration for writing these posts for the Wellness Almanac: let’s keep building our community to be strong and resilient, no matter what is thrown at us.

When I’m not planning for emergencies, I enjoy a quiet life with my husband and our cat and two dogs.  I love hiking, gardening and staring at the constantly amazing views of Mount Currie.

I hope you enjoy my Five Steps To Emergency Preparedness Program this week – your thoughts and suggestions are always welcome! Email me.

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