5/1/16

No matter how much you plan, no matter how much you think you have it all covered, anything can happen to you anytime, anywhere. Do you know what to do in an emergency situation like a fire, earthquake, flood or storm? If you're bound to your home for more than 72 hours, do you have what it takes to keep things going until help arrived? It may seem like a silly question but considering Canada alone was dealt 6,235 forest fires and 169 earthquakes in 2015, it's not such a silly question after all! 

When an emergency occurs, first respondents have a big job to do. When you and your family are prepared, it helps them help those who urgently need it which has an impact not only on their survival but the survival of everyone involved like family and neighbours too. 

May 1-7 is Emergency Preparedness Week, and this year, Duracell and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) have teamed up to remind us that everyone needs to be prepared in an emergency.

According to a new survey conducted by Duracell in partnership with the CAFC, even though 34% feel they have experienced more storms and natural disasters in the past five years than ever before, they majority 53% do not have an emergency kit to survive up to 72 hours after a disaster may strike. 


Ready Tips from the Duracell Ready Kit:

BUILD A KIT
Focus on the essentials - the things you need everyday - and stock your kit with enough of those items to get you through 72 hours. 

Prepare two kits: one for you and your family, plus one for your pets if you have any. 

It's also important to check your kits every six months to make sure nothing is expired like food or medications. 

MAKE A PLAN
In the chaos of a disaster, a thorough plan of action can make all the difference. Here are a few considerations when creating an emergency strategy:

- Draft an evacuation route - how you'll safely exit your home and/or take shelter.
- Designate a set meeting spot - where you'll assemble.

- Create a contact list - who you'll reach out to if you and your family are separated.

- Store your contact list and ready kit - where you can easily access them in case of emergency. In a closet near the front or back door, in the garage. Just make sure everyone knows where it is and that they can access it. 

- Know school and employer emergency plans - how they'll communicate with you about family members. 

BE INFORMED
Stay informed about what types of disasters may affect your region. Be aware of your local emergency contacts and news outlets so you can have up-to-the minute information on what's happening and better react to sitations.

For more information about Duracell, please visit the official website!

WIN IT!

Be prepared for the next emergency situation with Duracell! One lucky AME reader has the chance to win a $200 Emergency Preparedness Kit which has everything on the checklist you need!

Enter using the ballot below! 

Open to Canadians 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for others to count. One entry per household. 

Representatives of  Duracell are providing the prize to the winner on AME's behalf. By entering, you accept your information will be shared with the representatives of this brand should you win. Winners must qualify with a valid email address by filling out a winners claim form with skill testing question. Winners have 48 hours to claim before prize is redrawn. 



This giveaway may be offered on more than one blog. You may enter as many blogs as you like however this prize can only be won ONCE. More about giveaways can be found here. Giveaway ends May 15th! 



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98 comments:

  1. I would add some medication like pain pills

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    1. There are medications/prescriptions on the list.

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  2. I'd add toilet paper and water proof matches.

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  3. I'd add a Flare onto the list. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  4. I would have matches blankets tape rugger boots. We never think that during a tornado there will be broken glass and splinters every where.

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  5. I would add candles and matches.
    Florence C

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  6. i have can food candles and matches

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  7. I would add candles, matches and a lighter

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  8. I would add candles and matches to the list.

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  9. I would add a book to avoid boredom.

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  10. I would add a sheet of plastic wrap (keeps you dry , winder breaker or warm) as well as pet food.

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  11. I would add duct tape and waterproof matches to this list.

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  12. I'd add some antibiotics and, as horribly as this sounds..........body bags!

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  13. You could always put in some ready-to-eat meals like they have in the army.

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  14. I would add an emergency contact list of family and friends, and matches.

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  15. Candles, matches, emergency phone list, medications

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  16. candles and matches. I should add a good book to pass the time.

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  17. I would add board games or puzzle books.

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  18. toilet paper is a good one. I've got a roll or two in the car at all times.....ya just never know lol

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  19. I would add matches & a small sterno can, as well as the TP others are suggesting

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  20. I would ask toilet paper, matches (waterproof) and maybe a solar powered charger for cell phones. (if they were able to work)

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  21. I would add a couple books and a deck of cards.

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  22. I would add a powerbank to charge cell phones and toilet paper. (Judy Cowan)

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  23. If you have a pet you should add what you will need for their needs

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  24. I think they got the list pretty covered.

    billliondollarprincesss @hotmail.com

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  25. That is a great list. Not really sure what else could be added.

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  26. I'd add an emergency cell phone! Victoria Ess

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  27. I would add candles and a lighter.

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  28. Looks like you have it all covered!! Great list I wouldn't add a thing :)

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  29. that's a pretty good list. I would add lighter/matches to build a fire if it was needed

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  30. I would add water purification tablets, medication/advil, matches.

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  31. I would add candles, matches and a wood stove.

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  32. I would add matches,candels and blankets.

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  33. We have candles and a lighter (for the candles and the woodstove). We have power outages a few times a year here.

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  34. we have a rocket stove for cooking and boiling water, you can use sticks or charcoal and a kero heater

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  35. Matches, blanket and cards to keep me entertained.

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  36. Remember to also plan for your pets -- food, leashes, care....

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  37. I'd add a old cell phone (for 911) ..doesnt have to be with a network in order for it to be used for 911, but does need to be charged (But you can also get those battery booster things..not sure what they are called but I have one)

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  38. I would add matches, lighters and candles

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  39. toys for my kids, pens/pencils - notepad, photocopies of identification.

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  40. An alternate heat source, e.g., fire wood, for cold weather.

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  41. I would add matches or a lighter and my spare pair of glasses and medic alert info...

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  42. I would add propane for the bbq or heater to cook and keep warm!

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  43. Being me, at the last minute I'd add Nescafe, a thermos of boiling water, sugar and milk :-)

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  44. I would add some kind of food for my dog.

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  45. I would also add a lovie for each of my children. I think it's important to have something to comfort them when there is an emergency.

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  46. I would add matches, lighter and games to keep the mind occupied

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  47. some matches or a lighter,,and something to keep everyone entertained

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  48. I would add water and some food.

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  49. Matches or a lighter & candles in a lantern to avoid an open flame.

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  50. I would add a butane lighter, candles, healthy snacks, tissues, toilet paper, change of clothing (in case you have to leave your home quickly) and medications.

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  51. I would add toilet paper and a reading book or two for little ones. A warm blanket too.

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  52. I'd put in a pack of cards and some dice!

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  53. I would add a bunch of stuff to my preparedness pack. Like a local maps, never thought to have that, we always have our phones on hand. I would also add a back up supply of our medications. Never thought of that either. Thanks for sharing

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  54. I would add a bunch of stuff to my preparedness pack. Like a local maps, never thought to have that, we always have our phones on hand. I would also add a back up supply of our medications. Never thought of that either. Thanks for sharing

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  55. I would include water treatment device and matches/lighters.

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  56. I would add slippers with hard soles, like leather, in case you have to walk around an area with broken glass.

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  57. Always a lighter or matches and extra medication if you take it daily!

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  58. I would add body warmers, dust masks, and light sticks.

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  59. Another thing i would add to my Emergency check list is activity books if you have kids because during an emergency you will need something to entertain them

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  60. I would add a blanket and tylenol and antihistamine
    (Debbie W)

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  61. Very thorough list I can't think of anything.

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  62. This is a great list, I think I would add a change of clothes for each family member as well as a deck of cards and possibly a couple of games to try to keep my children occupied.

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  63. I would add in waterproof matches and a flint.

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  64. I would put in some toilet paper because I would hate to be stuck without that!

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  65. I can't think o anything else at all

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  66. photocopies of your passport, driver's license and credit cards, etc. All the numbers will be in one place if you don't have them for some reason, and that little list of prescriptions the pharmacy gives me.

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  67. I would add photocopies of identifications like drivers license or passport in case the real ones are lost in the disaster you have the info available to easily have them replaced.

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  68. I would put in a small amount of money change for a phone call for those of us that dont' have cell phones

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  69. I can't think of anything.... (Suzi)

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  70. Glow sticks , and a toddler pack filled with a few new toys , snacks etc much needed make life easier lol

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  71. I still need an emergency blanket and a whistle to complete my emergency kit. I can't think of anything else for the list. They've compiled a great kit! Thank you for sharing. Definitely makes me want to be more prepared!

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