Written by MWP Staff: Eva Almgren
Top photo in post graphic by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash
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1) FOOD AND WATERThe first and most important of essentials are clean water and food. The government of Canada recommends 2L of water per person and potentially water purification tablets. As for food, non-perishables are ideal, canned foods, energy bars, etc. Food and water in emergency kits should be replaced yearly.
2) A MULTI-TOOLWhether it’s for opening the canned food, cutting bandages, or opening battery packs, multitools are essential for emergencies. There are many different styles, and it is easy to find one that works best for you and your household.
3) A SURVIVAL CANDLE AND WATERPROOF MATCHESIn case of power outages, temporary sources of heat and light are essential. These are also particularly useful for hiking/camping trips. Survival candles are designed to last for extended periods of time, and matches should be waterproof to avoid them being unusable in case of water damage.
4) FIRST AID BASICSA first-aid kit is an essential item for any household and can be stored within an emergency kit. First-aid kits typically include bandages of different sizes and shapes, instant ice packs, antiseptic wipes/spray, a thermometer, basic pain medication, and perhaps a naloxone kit.
5) AN EMERGENCY BLANKETOften coming with more extensive first-aid kits, emergency blankets can be used in a variety of situations. Climate, season, and location are important variables to consider when assembling your emergency kit.
6) FLASHLIGHT, RADIO, AND BATTERIESThese items being battery powered is important, as is including extra batteries. Flashlights can be used in case of power outages, and radios can be used for listening to emergency broadcasts and contacting others.
7) A WHISTLEEspecially useful to pack for outdoor activities, whistles can be used in emergencies when separated from others.
8) TOILETRIESOften left out of emergency kits, basics such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, and sanitary products will be of great value in emergency situations. Anything that you use on a daily basis should be considered for a spot in an emergency kit.
9) A LIST OF EMERGENCY CONTACTS
10) ANY SPECIFIC MEDICATIONSSpecific needs can vary based on the person, and it’s important to accommodate for allergies or prescriptions. This includes any items such as an inhaler, epi-pen, insulin, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities, equipment for a service animal, or extra doses of any medication needed. Many of these items will be specific to the individual or household and can be altered accordingly. GetMyKit.ca offers a wide range of products to accommodate for all sorts of people and events.
SOME HISTORY ON THE LAST BIG ONE IN BCThe last time this happened was way back in the 1700s, when the architecture, landscape, and climate of our province looked incredibly different than what we see today. We know this because of First Nation storytelling and due to samples taken off the ocean floor. The oral story passed down by the Haida peoples is a tale of loss and devastation, even before modern architecture and concentrated populations. The damage that could be done today is hard to comprehend. Firstly, the structural damage alone would be devastating in an area with high demand for housing, to begin with. The provincial emergency response plan estimates 150 buildings to collapse and another 4000 to be so badly damaged they would need to be demolished, just in the city of Vancouver alone. These falling buildings will take out natural gas lines, electric lines, cell phone towers and bring traffic to a standstill as people start to panic and search for their loved ones with desperation. Older builds in Victoria are much more vulnerable to structural failure because they lack proper earthquake-resistant foundations and the island is closer to the fault line than the mainland.
THE RISK OF A TSUNAMI
HOW YOU CAN PREPARE
The summer was lovely. The fall has been nice. (Extra points for everything pumpkin spice flavoured!) Unfortunately, that means winter will be here before we know it. Depending on where you live, it could mean minimal snow, but rain that causes slush along with lots of ice or massive amounts of snow and having to dig your car out of your driveway every morning, before a commute to the office. Whichever your situation, here are our top five tips to make sure you and your car are prepared this winter!
1) Put on Snow Tires or Chains
This one may seem obvious but “in 2010, over 1,400 accidents cited weather conditions among factors. In addition, in almost 3,500 accidents, loose snow or slush was present.” Having snow tires or chains on your car truly does lessen your chances of getting into an accident. In some parts of British Columbia, not using snow tires can result in a fine of up to $109. This map below shows you where and the dates for when BC highways are designated winter tire/chain routes.
2) Check Anti-freeze & Jumper Cables
With the colder weather coming in, it's important to remember to top-up or change the anti-freeze in your car. It keeps the water in your car radiator from freezing and “[t]here are also anti-corrosive properties in the coolant that protect metal pieces in the engine from corroding.” Make sure your car is all filled up, you don’t need engine troubles! On top of anti-freeze, no vehicle should be without a set of Jumper Cables. This is true year-round but, especially during the winter months. Spare yourself from having to wait in the cold for someone to come by and help or paying a fee for calling a company. We have 8 foot, 8 gauge jumper cables, so you don’t get caught without. They may even come in handy not just for you, but for someone else who needs your help!
3) Have Good Windshield Wipers & Window Scraper
One of the easiest ways to ensure your safety, whilst driving in winter conditions is to make sure you can clearly see where you're going. This is why you should always make sure you carry extra windshield washer fluid and a window scraper with you. Or if your windshield wipers are very old, consider replacing them. It will make it much easier for you to keep the frost and snow from blocking your view of the road, other drivers and pedestrians.
4) Carry a Small Shovel or Cat Litter
Keeping a small shovel and a bag of cat litter in your car can be a real lifesaver. Particularly in provinces that have more snow. The shovel allows you to dig your car out if you get stuck in deep snow. Cat litter is also great to put down, as it can be used as salt to provide traction if the ground is too slippery, causing your tires to spin.
5) Have a Vehicle Survival KitOur Vehicle Survival Kit is a must-have for anyone with a vehicle anytime of the year, but it’s even more valuable to your safety during the winter. With 28 items included in the kit, we’ve covered all the bases.
From a 3,600 calorie food ration, 6 water rations, right down to a 2 pack of toilet paper. It’s all in one bag, making it easy to store and access when you need it. For more of an in-depth look at our Vehicle Survival Kit or to purchase one, go to our online store. Along with all the other tips, if you have one of these, you will be ready for just about anything!
Now that you have read our top 5 tips to have your vehicle winter-ready this season, and you are correctly prepared, you’ll be able to handle whatever the weather throws at you. Stay safe this winter!Sources:
- Waterdown Collision - Canadian Collision Statistics in the Winter: Winter Driving Preparation
- Great Canadian Oil Change - AntiFreeze: Maintaining your Coolant in Winter