By Gisele Shaw
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:22 am ·  1 Comment
Now that winter weather has arrived, the Oakville Fire department is encouraging residents to prepare a 72-hour emergency kit to stay safe.
The first 72 hours after an emergency are critical. Electricity, gas, water and telephones may not be working and public safety services such as police and fire departments may not be able to reach you immediately.
“Winter emergencies can be the most challenging because there is often little or no warning,” said Deputy Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator, Andy Glynn. “In the event of a severe blizzard or power outage, your family should have enough food, water and essential items on hand to be self-sufficient for at least three days.”
Household Emergency Kit
These are basic items you will need. Make sure you have a supply that will last at least 72 hours for every member of your household.
Vehicle Emergency Kit
Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times. Check your supplies twice a year and replace any contents that have expired or spoiled.
If you buy a pre-packaged vehicle emergency kit at your local hardware or automotive store, make sure the kit has everything you need for 72 hours. Check your supplies twice a year and replace any items that expired.