Jackie Kloosterboer – Earthquake Preparedness Specialist, Speaker, Trainer
Storm Watch – What does your family you need to do to be ready?
If you still have power you are probably asking – will our power go out, will our homes get damaged by falling trees or debris, what will we do are questions we should be thinking about.
However, we do face some challenges and here are a few tips that can help.
Many of us are moving away from the old fashioned hard wired phones that we all used to have in our homes and even if we do still have the hard wired lines our phones are cordless and require power. In a power cut cordless phones are useless!
Imagine coming home from work and the lights on your coffee maker and microwave are flashing indicating the power has been out in your home. The first question – how long has the power been out.
TIP: In a small freezer bag place 4 or 5 ice cubes and put them in your freezer. Next time you are facing those blinking lights check your ice cubes. If they have become one or are a pool of water you know the power has been out for quite some time and you may not want to use the food in your fridge or freezer. This tip also works well if you have been away for an extended time. If you have one melted mess of ice cubes when you return you know that the power was out while you were away. You can then make a decision on what to do with the contents of your fridge and freezer.
Check the storm drains in front of your house or apartment. If they are blocked with leaves and debris clean them out or call to advise your local community’s public works department. Small actions like this can make a difference to you and your neighbours.
If you have a BBQ make sure your propane tank is full and you will still be able to cook you and your family dinner. NEVER bring your BBQ inside – always use your BBQ outside in a properly vented area.
5. Emergency Kits
Whatever way works best for you and your family – just make sure you have the supplies you, your family and pets may need during the storms and also for an earthquake!
As always – be prepared – not scared.
Contact Jackie to speak at your next group or business event to help better prepare you, your family, your staff and pets for earthquakes or whatever disaster comes your way. Jackie will lead you through the necessary steps helping you identify what is important to you and your family or business.
Contact Jackie with questions or to book her for your next event at [email protected] or call (604) 355-2414
Jackie is available for:
- Earthquake Preparedness Presentations
- Preparedness Plans
- In-Home Walk-Throughs
- Preparedness Kits
- Media Interviews