Readying Your Family For An Emergency – The stories we’ve heard from those affected by the tornadoes that hit Ottawa-Gatineau have been nothing short of terrifying, and the photos we’ve seen from the storm’s aftermath have been undeniably chilling.
It was a devastating reality that many residents of our nation’s capital were not prepared to face, as thousands upon thousands of families were left without power – and, worse, without homes. In the same breath, we have seen some incredible acts of heroism and unity in the aftermath of such turmoil.
Residents, volunteers, service workers, medical providers, rescuers, and those in the surrounding areas have banded together to bring some light to those who have recently been in the dark as a result of the storm. Thank you for being an example of what our community is all about.
Here are some things you can do to prepare your home before, during, and after a power outage (or natural disaster) strikes our city and surrounding areas:
- Enroll in local alerts and warning systems – They have been shown to be quite accurate and effective;
- Keep spare batteries on hand for flashlights and other alternatives that will meet your family’s needs if the power goes out.
- Have enough non-perishable food and water for your entire family – enough to last a few days (or weeks).
- Maintain the charging of mobile phones and other electrical equipment (wireless chargers are extremely useful during a power outage);
- Make ice in your freezer ahead of time so that you can store food in coolers;
- Maintain a full tank of gas in case you need to evacuate or travel.
- Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed during a power outage. This will keep refrigerated food cold for approximately 4 hours and frozen food frozen for approximately 48 hours.
- Check on your neighbors, relatives, and friends – power grids can be fickle. Those two streets down may not have power if you have it. Help those who are in need;
- Disconnect any appliances, equipment, or electronics to avoid a power surge when the power is restored.
- When your power is restored, throw away any food in your freezer and refrigerator that has been exposed to higher-than-usual temperatures for more than two hours. Remember, if in doubt, toss it!
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Today, more than a dozen charitable and non-profit organizations from across our nation’s capital have joined forces to determine how those affected by these horrifying tornadoes will receive the assistance they deserve. Rebuilding will undoubtedly take time, but we can do it together.
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