9/19/14

  


September is National Preparedness Month dedicated to raising awareness to help families prepare themselves for unexpected emergencies such as bad weather or fire. Unfortunately many North Americans are targets of thousands of disasters every year. As a matter of fact, a week ago we had a big storm that blew down a tree in a neighbours yard. The tree knocked the hydro, cable and phone lines out for eight hours. We are lucky it was only eight hours without. The electricity came back on just in time for that evenings bath time.  

You never know when bad weather or a disaster could happen so why not make sure you are prepared! Master Lock has some great tips to help you prepare to keep your family and important belongings safe and secure.

- Know weather language. Here in Canada we rely on Environment Canada for severe weather warnings. It's easy to keep up with the weather in your area by watchig the weather channel on TV or downloading an app onto practically any device. Social media is also a good place to get up to date news on weather all across the country. Learn the language of your national weather advisory organization so that you can prepare your family for severe weather.

- Prepare in advance. Severe weather can strike at any time, so take the basic steps now to ensure your family is ready should a storm strike while you're at home or away. 

Keep an updated emergency kit at home at all times. This kit should include necessities like enough water for at least 72 hours for your family, non-perishable foods, pet food (should you have a pet), flashlights, batteries, candles and matches. Date your emergency kit and store items in a cool, dry place and replace them every six months or so. 
If you are away when severe weather hits, make sure that a trusted relative or neighbour has appropriate access to your property if needed. A resettable combination padlock like the Master Lock M175XDLF Combination Padlock, is a convienient option to help secure your gate or fence since it doesn't require a key. You can reset the combination as many times as you need, for extra security when you return home.

- Create a backup plan. Over the years raising a family, we have collected a good amount of important and personal documents that I know we would be devistated if we ever lost. Our file box is one thing I would definitely want to save in the case of an emergency. SentrySafe fire safes offer protectio against fire and flood, making sure your important documents and items are safe long after the storm blows over. To help with disaster recovery in real time, store digital copies of important documents (including insurance policies!) in a secure online storage hub like the Master Lock Vault. It's free to use and accessable 24/7 through smartphones, tablets or on computer allowing easy access anytime.

- Secure outdoor belongings. Storms can be very damaging to the outside of your home, due to heavy rain, wind, or damaging hail or lightening. Lock up all possible outdoor belongings in a garage or covered shed and secure the door with a padlock built to survive tough weather like the Master Lock M115xDLF Covered Laminated Padlock. For items that can't be easily removed and stored such as patio furniture (we almost lost a table due to a rain and wind storm once!), lock them tightly together and to another sturdy surface. Use a securing cable like the Master Lock Python Adjustable Locking Cable. These safety tactics can also help prevent theft also.

- Go Cordless. In a severe weather situation, even bad thunder showers, it's always a good idea to keep away from electrical sources like computers, microwaves, corded phones and other electronics which require being plugged directly to a current. Power surges can occur, damaging your electronics. If you still have power during a bad storm, try using a cordless or cell phone instead of a corded phone as the cord can conduct electricity. 

I certainly hope that our Canadian weather is nice to us for the fall season. Either way, we will be one more step to being prepared with Master Lock!




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27 comments:

  1. Develop a plan and make sure everyone knows the safety plan. Victoria Ess

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  2. We have a first aide kit & know our household hiding places

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  3. first aid kit; I try and have bottled water on hand as well

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  4. I like to make sure exits are clear to pass by and have some non-perishable foods around.

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  5. I fire escape plan, knowing where to go and what to do is key!

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  6. We have an emergency plan in place & a shelf that contains our emergency items including flashlights, batteries, first aid kit etc.

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  7. first aid kit, flashlight and batteries, and easy exits

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  8. A first aid kit, flashlight and batteries, and easy exits and plenty of bottled water and food.

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  9. We have an emergency kit with a flash light extra batteries, water, first aid kit, etc.

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  10. First Aid Kit, Flashlights with extra Batteries, Bottled Water on hand and we have planned what to do/where to go in a bad storm/tornado. We had to execute of where to go plan 3 times this summer :( (Judy Cowan)

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  11. We have flashlights/candles/as well as emergency batteries and a radio.

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  12. The most important thing is to have a plan that includes having supplies like water, flashlight, shoes, first aid kit etc handy.

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  13. Our fire escape plan is probably the most important thing.

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  14. We have candles, matches, flashlight, first aid kit, bottled water.
    Thanks.
    ~Dreena~

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  15. INFORM!! I have made sure every member of my family knows where to go and how to be safe in the event of an emergency. That way even if we are not together we will all end up that way when it counts

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  16. We have a communication plan of where and when we will be places and a contact info

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  17. an escape plan and a bag of supplies!

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  18. We have a huge first aid backpack bag in our closet upstairs with water, matches, snacks, flashlight, water treatment, batteries, those thin blankets and an assortment of other supplies. It's packed and ready to take on the go or use at home.

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  19. We have an emergency kit that has a first aid kit, flashlight, thermo blankets, water and batteries.

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  20. We have lots of batteries ,flashlights and first aid kit.

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  21. make sure there is a plan for those at home and away from home so you know where your loves ones are

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  22. We act out the emergency plan every month, just so that I'll have a peace of mind.

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  23. Keeping a first aid kit in the home and car, and doing fire drills

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  24. I make sure the fire alarms r working and that we have flash lights handy

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