I’m a city girl through and through…until recently – last summer we moved out of the big windy city to a rural part of Manitoba. As much as I love and sometimes miss the city, country living has been amazing; quiet streets, lots of room for my boys to run free and you can’t beat the fresh air out here.
However, as many advantages there may be too country living there are also some disadvantages; schools shut down completely during heavy snowfalls and we’ve had a minimum of four power outages since we’ve lived here, the longest one lasting at least 3 hours.
Since living here I’ve learned to make sure my cell phone is always charged so I can stay connected with my family, especially at the first sign of severe weather conditions – which is usually just heavy wind blowing through the trees.
Both situations had me thinking…What would we do if a natural disaster hit? Is my family prepared?
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While both cases I mentioned are not extreme natural disasters, power outages are a common occurrence in Canada – 65% of Canadians said they experienced a power outage in 2016 and 70% of Manitobans said they’ve experienced at least one in the last year. I know the four I experienced definitely made me realize that I couldn’t rely on the flashlight I have on my cell phone (it drained my battery way too fast) and I should always have a trusted source for –power, like a Duracell battery on hand at all times to ensure our radios & flashlights keep working, so we can see and hear what’s going on.
I’d like to think we are among the 51% of Canadians who feel they are prepared for emergency situations, according to a survey administered by Duracell but if I’m really truthful with myself, we are not as prepared as I’d like us to be. Oh sure, we’ve got everything mentioned in the Emergency Preparedness Checklist from Duracell but everything is scattered all over the house. If we were truly prepared, we’d be among the 34% of Canadians who have an emergency kit in a secure place that could last them at least 72 hours after a disaster strikes. Having an emergency kit will not only help our family but it could help other families who need the first responders to attend to them more than we would.