Your Storm Checklist

The Boy Scouts have a good motto that we should all live by:

Be Prepared.

New Brunswick experienced a wind storm this past weekend and by November 5th, 50,000 NB Power customers continued to be without power after 110km/h winds hit a section of the province. Over 92,000 households had originally lost power. How many do you think were prepared? Are you?

Talk About Safety

Speak with your family, roommates, neighbours and friends about what you intend to do during a storm. If you know that your neighbour is elderly and lives alone, ask them if they would feel safer staying at your house during a storm. Make sure that no one plans to use a generator indoors, as this can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Staying connected and following a plan helps to keep everyone calm, including your pets.

Once the storm has passed, remember to advise your children to stay away from downed wires because they may still have power running through them.

Eliminate Hazards

If you feel the strong winds of a storm arising, tie down outside furniture, gather your waste bins and any loose items on your property, and store them inside, while ensuring that any pets have shelter. Storms often leave a great deal of damage behind, so it’s best to reduce the amount of loose items and debris available for the wind to scatter.

It’s also important to keep hallways, stairways, and entrances free from hazards to help prevent slip-and-fall accidents.

Prepare Your Storm Survival Kit

A storm can hit at any time: when you’re preparing dinner at home or having a meeting at the office. If you’re not properly prepared when the power goes out, panic can strike. In the event of a critical storm and severe power outage, having a storm survival kit that lasts three to four days will help you endure the long hours more safely and comfortably.

A storm survival kit should always include:

  • A first-aid kit. You never know what accidents may happen when you’re stuck in a dark house or office.

  • A list of emergency contacts. You may need to call a family member, neighbour, or friend to check on them or request assistance for yourself.

  • Charge banks. You won’t be able to call anyone if your cellphone isn’t charged.

  • The generator manual. Although you should be familiar with how your generator works before a storm hits, it’s best to have the manual accessible for quick reference.

  • Blankets. Power outages often occur during the winter months, so it’s important to prepare for the cold.

  • Bottled water. People require two litres of water per day to stay properly hydrated, so pack at least six litres of water for each person. It’s a good idea to store extra amounts of water in case you have more people with you, such as guests or clients. Note: Some Atlantic Canadian households use well water that is generated by a pump. When the power goes out, these pumps stop working, so more water should be stored to use in washroom facilities.

  • Non-perishable food. There are many snacks and canned goods that can be stored for long periods of time and do not require power to prepare.

  • A manual can opener. You will need this to open the canned food you have stored in your kit.

  • Pet care. Ensure ahead of time that your pet has water, food, medications, and any other necessary items.

  • A radio. The uncertainty of how long the power will stay off is worrying, which is why you should always have a wind-up radio or one that uses batteries.

  • Flashlights. These are safer to use than candles, as they prevent fire hazards.

  • Batteries. Regularly check that your batteries are fully charged because you may need them to power your flashlights and your radio if you don’t have the wind-up model.

You should customize your storm survival kit to suit your family or office’s specific needs.

MacGillivray Law Will Help You Weather the Storm

There is only so much we can do to prepare against Mother Nature. Despite even the best preparation, sometimes accidents and injuries still occur.

At MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law, we pursue justice and fair compensation for injury victims. If you’ve been injured, our compassionate team will support you throughout the entire legal process. Call 1-888-434-0398 to book a free consultation.

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