On Tuesday, January 23, a powerful earthquake struck the coast of Alaska, triggering a tsunami warning down the coastline. Recent Pemberton resident, and our former guest emergency preparedness columnist, Rachael Low, was there. And because changing postal codes doesn't ever take the Pemberton out of you, Rachael offered to share some of her front-line, staring-down-a-tsunami … Continue reading In the Face of Disaster
Phew! We made it – Part Five: Practice Your Plan and check your Emergency Kit. As my mother used to say, “practice makes perfect”. Unfortunately, perfection and emergencies don’t always go hand-in-hand, but you can certainly cut out a lot of the stress if you have walked through your plans before you have to do … Continue reading Emergency Preparedness Week takeover ends with this little bit of advice: Practice makes perfect.
We have two dogs and a cat. My husband often worries I might love them more that I love him. Some days he is correct. So in an emergency I want to make sure I can take care of them, and like heck am I leaving any of them behind if we have to evacuate. … Continue reading When it’s raining cats and dogs, consider what happens to the cats and dogs. Day 6 of Emergency Preparedness Week is all about the fur-babies
My passport and house insurance documents were definitely not on my important-items-to-grab-if-I-had-to-leave-the-house-in-a-hurry list, but they really should be because they will prove much more useful that my 30-year-old stuffie or a photo of my Grandma. This is an easy task which involves a folder or accordion file, some of those plastic document wallets and a … Continue reading Day 5 of Emergency Preparedness Week. Tip of the Day: Gather Important Documents
Ok, now we’re onto the fun bit – Part Two: Build an Emergency Kit. Let’s start with a quick game. If you had five minutes to get out of your home and you had time to grab five items, what would they be? And do you know where they are? If I’d played this game … Continue reading All You Need Is Love… and an emergency kit. Emergency Preparedness Week hits day 4
Woohoo! We’re here – Part One of my Five Steps to Emergency Preparedness Program: Make an Emergency Plan. Making your emergency plan is a family affair, so make a night of it. Get some pizza (and wine for the grownups), some paper and pens and get creative. If you didn’t get your hands on a … Continue reading Keep Calm and Plan On. It’s day 3 of Emergency Preparedness Week and time to roll up your sleeves
First things first, before we start the Five Steps To Emergency Preparedness Program, let’s figure out what we are dealing with here. Pemberton is no stranger to emergency events, we’ve experienced floods, poor air quality, power outages and snowstorms to name just a few. We’ve even had a train derailment. Emergencies are generally broken down … Continue reading Risky Business. Welcome to Day 2 of Emergency Preparedness Week
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 … Continue reading Day 1 of the Emergency Preparedness Week takeover: Let’s Make Lemonade!