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Albertans urged to prepare for emergencies

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Kaycee Madu

Fort Macleod and district residents are urged to prepare for an emergency.
Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu urged people to take the time to prepare during Emergency Preparedness Week, May 3-9.
“Emergencies take many forms,” Madu said. “Albertans know first-hand that a wildfire, flood, tornado or pandemic can significantly impact our day-to-day lives.”
“That’s why planning ahead and being prepared is critically important.
Madu said emergency preparedness exercises and pandemic planning in years past prepared Alberta to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
The historic flooding in northern Alberta is another reminder to be prepared for the worst. Madu said.
“Emergency preparedness is as important for families and individuals as it is for the province as a whole,” Madu said. “This week is a perfect opportunity for Albertans to take concrete actions to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies.”
“Being prepared does more than help reduce fear and loss. It also increases peace of mind for you and your family, which is critically important to us all.”
People are urged to prepare a family emergency plan and pack a 72-hour kit.
The Alberta Emergency Management Agency suggests including the following items in your kit.
Food and water
Prepare a three-day supply of non-perishables per person that includes: protein or granola bars; trail mix and dried fruit; crackers and cereals; canned meat, fish and beans; canned juice; four litres of water per person with small bottles to carry with you.
Bedding and clothing
Pack a change of clothing such as short- and long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and undergarments; raincoat and emergency poncho or jacket; spare shoes; sleeping bags, blankets and emergency heat blankets; plastic and cloth sheets.
Light and fuel
Pack a hand-cranked flashlight or battery-operated flashlights and lamps; extra batteries; flares; candles; lighter; waterproof matches.
Pack a manual can opener; dishes and utensils; shovel; radio (with spare batteries or a hand-operated crank; pen and paper; axe and pocket knife; rope; duct tape; whistle; cellphone charger; basic tools
A small stove with fuel is also recommended.
Personal supplies
The agency recommends packing a first-aid kit; toiletries including toilet paper, feminine hygiene products and a toothbrush; cleaning supplies such as hand sanitizer and dish soap; medication including acetaminophen, ibuprofen and children’s medication; and a three-day supply of prescription medication.
Also pack pet food and supplies; garbage bags and toys and reading material.
Copies of personal documents and money should be packed in a waterproof container, along with legal documents such as birth and marriage certificates, wills, passports, contracts; insurance policies; cash in small bills; credit cards; prepaid phone cards; and a copy of your emergency plan and contact information.
Ready-to-go kits
People are also encouraged to keep ready-to-go kit items in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase, in an accessible place, such as a front hall closet.
In the ready-to-go kit, pack four litres of water for each person; food that you don’t have to keep cold; a manual can opener; plastic or paper plates, cups, knives, forks, spoons; flashlight and extra batteries; a change of clothes; a card with emergency contact information and the number of someone to call who lives out of town; pet food and supplies for at least three days; a small first aid kit; personal ID card; personal hygiene items, soap, hand sanitizer.
Store medicine you usually take near your ready-to-go kit.
Update your kits every six months to make sure that food, water, and medication are not expired, clothing fits, personal documents and credit cards are up to date, and batteries are charged.