EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS BOOKLET FROM THE COUNTY OF LANARK
Emergency Preparedness Booklet
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
Press Release: Lives Lost on Water – What a Shame!
Four out of five people who died in marine mishaps throughout O.P.P. Eastern Region in 2002 were not wearing their personal floatation devices (PFD). Sadly the Provincial average for this statistic is 90%. The message is really simple folks – a PFD per person and wear it!!
The explosion of watercrafts on our waterways demanded operator testing. Since September 2002 all operators of craft under 4 metres in length must pass a competency test and have proof of same aboard at all times.
By September 2009 all operators must be so complaint. Why such controls? – our waterways are now an extension of our highways thus demanding sobriety, equipment know how and an understanding of the rules of the road. Take note of these marine points of interest.
– Operators in a hurry to get the boat out of the water following a winter hibernation often
fail to properly service the vessel and ensure all necessary equipment is on board (i.e. PFD’s,
flares, bailer, etc.)
– Operators of Personal Water Craft (Seadoo type vessel) must be at least 16 years of age
and possess a competency card.
– Generally the speed limit on our waterways is 10 km/hr within 30 metres of shoreline.
– Alcohol consumption on the water plus the fatiguing effects of the sun is a sure fire formula
for disaster. Don’t drink while boating.
The Ontario Provincial Police throughout Eastern Region will be on the water throughout the summer. Be a smart operator – don’t become a statistic.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ONTARIO PUBLIC EDUCATION
Emergency Survival Kit
Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time. Utilities can be out, roads closed, and crucial supplies unavailable. While local, provincial and federal officials prepare for emergencies, individuals can plan to be prepared at home and at work.
With increased levels of fear and anxiety throughout Canada and the world, it makes sense to prepare for the unexpected. Everyone should be prepared to take care of themselves and their families for up to three days in the event of an emergency or disaster. For example, it could take that long to clear roads due to a severe winter storm.
The following are recommended guidelines to assist you in gathering items you should have on hand. Everyone in your family should know where these items are stored.
Finally, if you are ever in an emergency situation, Don’t Panic. People have survived three days without water and three weeks without food. Your home can take three hours or more to cool off completely in the winter.
Think of any special needs your family might have and include any other items you would need. Here are some suggestions:
– bottled milk
– formula and food
– crayons and paper
Other family members
– one week’s supply of any required medications
– extra eye glasses
– batteries for medical appliances
– extra oxygen cylinder (if required)
– copies of prescriptions
– three day supply of food and water
Emergency food and water kit
Have at least a three-day supply of food and water. Choose ready-to-eat foods that don’t need refrigeration. Also keep in mind that if the utilities are out and you have no alternate cooking source, you should select foods that won’t require cooking.
– three day supply of water – at least four litres per person per day – two for drinking and
two for food preparation, hygiene and dish washing. Keep a supply of water purification tablets as well.
– canned food: soups, stews, baked beans, meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruit
– crackers and biscuits
– peanut butter
– salt and pepper
– instant coffee and tea
Replace canned and dry goods once a year.
– knives, forks, spoons
– disposable cups and plates
– manual can opener, bottle opener
– fuel stove and fuel (follow manufacturer’s instructions) – do not use a barbecue indoors
– waterproof matches and plastic garbage bags
– pocket knife or multi tool
Survival Equipment Kit
– flashlight and batteries (in case the lights go out)
– radio and batteries or crank radio (so you can listen to news bulletins)
– spare batteries (for radio and flashlight)
– first-aid kit
– candles and matches/lighter
– extra car keys and cash (including coins/cards for telephone)
– important papers (identification for everyone, personal documents such as insurance
– food and bottled water (See “Emergency food and water kit”)
– clothing and footwear (one change of clothes per person)
– blankets or sleeping bags (one blanket or sleeping bag per person)
– toilet paper and other personal supplies such as shampoo, hairbrush, tooth brush
and toothpaste, – soap and a towel and face cloth (one for each person)
– backpack/duffel bag (or something else to carry the emergency survival kit in, in case you
have to evacuate)
– whistle (in case you need to attract someone’s attention)
– playing cards, games
Car Survival Equipment Kit
– sand, salt or kitty litter
– traction mats
– tow chain
– cloth or roll of paper towels
– warning light or road flares
– extra clothing and footwear
– emergency food pack
– axe or hatchet
– booster cables
– ice scraper and brush
– road maps
– matches and a ‘survival’ candle in a deep can (to warm hands, heat a drink or use as
an emergency light)
– fire extinguisher
– methyl hydrate (for fuel line and windshield de-icing)
– first-aid kit with seatbelt cutter
– blanket (special ‘survival’ blankets are best)