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Emergency Preparedness Week 2014

Emergency Preparedness Week runs from May 4th to 10th this year. This is a Canada wide program to increase awareness about individual and family preparedness and reducing the risks and consequences of an emergency by being better prepared.  The first 72 hours during an emergency are critical and every family should be prepared to be as self-sufficient as possible. The Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit encourages everyone to take two simple steps to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies: Have a plan and create a 72 hour emergency kit. Consider including the following items: Water (at least 2 litres per person per day), Canned or dried food that won’t spoil, A manual can opener, A windup or battery powered flashlight and radio, Extra batteries for your flashlight and radio, Cash, Any medical items you require, Blankets, Candles, Matches and a First Aid Kit. It is also recommended that you have at least one corded phone at home; a cordless phone will not work in a power outage. Keep your emergency kit in a backpack and make sure everyone in your home knows where to find it. To learn more about emergency preparedness visit

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