Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Snow Days is it an Emergency Day?

These are day where I do not want to trust other with my safety. By others, I mean drivers who are too thoughtless to get their vehicle or their skills in order to make commuting anything other than a shooting gallery.

When we got up this morning, we had about 11 inches. It was still fluffy and hadn't settled yet.

This caused a problem for Chelsea. She is only 10 inches.high. Her usual habit when we have snow or rain, is to pop under the rhodo bushes and do her dainty duties.

There was a fair amount of wind last night and drifts filled in her latrines. She sure was not impressed with the turn of events.
She finally gritted her teeth and lowered her bottom to take care of business.

After breakfast, Ewan went and did battle with the snow with the shovel.

It has been odd. We have had reports of any where from 2 inches in View Royal to out 10 inches.
We have this situation before. We live next to a mountain so get a lot more than downtown.
Several times, I have worn my Cerell boots to town and found everyone else in sandals.

My ambulance driving friend worked an extra hour on her 12 hour shift. The highways department were down to one working truck at one time. A downed tree trapped the grader on a road where he couldn't turn, hydro was out full force with over 12000 homes out of power.
Which brings me to my emergency supplies. And I recommend you look at this.

Start off as you may need the products, shoes and flashlights are the first things you may need. So beside the bed, by the door. If you have pets, add a leash.
Light and heat. Do you have candles, and safe holders for them? lanterns with fuel?

You should have already set your snow shovel by the door, and the bag of salt. And a saw and clippers,  if you need to clear dropped branches. However: LOOK OUT FOR FALLEN POWER LINES

Do you have plans for heat if the power goes off? This could be going to a neighbour with a wood stove, or piling on clothes and blankets. Remember the temperatures dropped to -7 at least.

 Remember you pets in the keep warm program also. Don't assume that because they are animals, they have survival instincts. We have bred and loved those instincts away.

For dogs and cat dry warm blankets will work as will cuddling them.

For fish, reptiles and house birds, you may be refilling hot water bottles, or plastic bags, securely fastened. These can be put in a fish tank or bottom of a bird cage.
 You can heat the water on your BBQ. DO NOT BRING THE BBQ INDOORS. the fumes are deadly.

Now how can you feed yourself and your family for the magic week, before help may arrive.
Do you have the required food, water, medications, first aid, and sundries? Do you have pet food?

Have a contact list with you and your family and pets pictures with an out of province contact number, all members of the family can phone to make family reunification easier.

 I think I may have a bit more than you are prepared to have.I have a catalytic heater, propane lights,stove,  a power saw
I have a wind up radio, a generator, a 5th wheel with propane, that will run heat and stove and the most important, the coffee pot. I have extra fuel, and a winch. I have a HAM radio for communication.

Plants can be rescued by putting them in a box or even the bath and add a plastic bag or fairly warm water and cover with a blanket.
I have writing material, reading material, and duct tape, large garbage bags and duct tape.

I also have heavy gloves, mittens and heavy plastic that could, with the use of duct tape could make boots for my dog.  Remember if you dog or cat walks through salt or chemicals, wash their paws. The chemicals are not good stuff for licking and cause cracks and dryness.

Two really handy items are large plastic bags and newspaper.
They can wrap waste, contain water, become rain gear,wind protection, emergency seating, fire starter, draft control. Even if you were a boy scout, matches are easier than rubbing sticks together.

In the comment area after this post, please tell me some of the ways you have used duck tape, newspaper, and plastic bags.
The guide lines for your safety include, but not limited to:

Adult Grab & Go Bag Have a Grab & Go Bag for each person in the house. Keep it by your bed or near a door. If you need to evacuate, grab your bag and go.
1. Flashlight, batteries, and light sticks
2. Portable radio and batteries
3. Keys (house and car)
4. Money (coins and bills)
5. Glasses, contacts lenses and solutions
6. Medications (at least one-week supply)
7. Comfortable shoes, two pairs of socks
8. Comfortable clothing (sweats, extra underwear)
9. Warm Jacket or sweatshirt
10. Whistle (call for help if trapped)
11. Pocket knife
12. Paper and pencil
13. Emergency phone list, out-of-state contact #
14. Lists of people to notify if you are injured
15. Copies of important documents: insurance, identification, social security, etc.
16. Small first aid kit
17. Toilet articles: comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, washcloth, face towel, shampoo, lotion, razor, lip balm, emery board, nail clipper, sanitary products, tissue, sunscreen, etc.
18. Toilet paper
19. Zip-lock bags, plastic grocery bags
20. Good book, playing cards, crossword puzzles
21. Work gloves, several pairs of latex gloves
22. Blanket
23. Dust mask
24. Crow bar (may need to remove debris)
25. Drinking water – store in a separate place (minimum one gallon per person)
26. Food Snacks (granola bars, trail mix, peanut butter)
In Addition to these Adult Bags there are the following bags:
Seniors or People With Disability

Seniors or Disabled Grab & Go Bag
These items are in addition to the Adult Grab & Go Bag. Have a Grab & Go Bag for each person in the house. Keep it by your bed or near a door. If you need to evacuate, grab your bag and go.
1. Food for special diet needs
2. Batteries for hearing aids, wheelchair, etc.
3. List of style and serial # of medical devices
4. Special supplies: oxygen, catheters, etc.
5. Prescriptions for eyeglasses (not older than one year)
6. Personal sanitary items (Depends, disposable bags, ties, wipes)

Infant or Toddler Bags

Infant and Toddler Grab & Go Bag
These items are in addition to the Adult Grab ‘n Go Bag.
1. Formula, disposable bottles, nipples
2. Diapers and wipes
3. Instant baby cereal
4. Bowl and spoon
5. Sunscreen
6. At least two changes of clothes
7. Light jacket
8. Thermometer
9. Medicine dropper
10. Pedialite, electrolyte replacement solution
11. Tylenol, Triaminic and other medications
12. Firm soled slippers or shoes
13. Toys, books, stuffed animals
14. Authorization to Consent to Treatment of Minor Form

Pet Bags

Pet Grab & Go Bag
Keep your Pet Grab ‘n Go Bag in an easily accessible location near your own emergency supplies.
1. Food, water – 7-day supply for each pet
2. Bowls - non-spillable
3. Collar and leash -for dogs and cats
4. Muzzle
5. Poop scooper, bags
6. Treats, toy
7. Blanket, towel, or newspaper for warmth
8. ID tag should always be on pet
9. Extra name tag
10. License number
11. Pet carrier or crate for each pet labeled with pet and owner’s information (keep near your bag).
12. Name, address and phone number of veterinarian, animal control agency and shelters.
13. People to contact to take care of the animal
14. Vaccination and medical records. Keep inoculations current. In an emergency, pets may come in contact with diseased animals.
15. Allergy or other special instructions
16.Pictures of your pet


Belle said...

This is an awesome Blog today and so very helpful. We forget our pets need a care bag too. The lists are so informative and clear. Thanks again

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