Importance of Preparing for an Emergency

 

Top 10 Emergency Preparedness Tips

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Top 10 “Emergency Preparedness Tips”

 

With the recent natural disasters that have occurred around the world, it is important for everyone to start preparing themselves.  During an emergency, you may not have access to assistance for upwards of 72 hours. In order to be better prepared, Genesis Security Group presents the Top 10 “Emergency Preparedness Tips”.

  1. It’s important to know the natural disasters that can occur in your region in order to anticipate what your needs may be. Examples of natural disasters include: avalanches, earthquakes, extreme weather, and floods.
  2.  Create an emergency plan for you and your family.  Information to cover and discuss should be: location of the fire extinguisher, the exit route, establish a meeting spot outside the home where everyone can meet in the event you are separated.  Also have a list of contacts of who can pick up your child if you are unable to.
  3. Practice emergency preparedness procedures such as “duck and cover” (earthquake), “stop drop and roll” (fire), and how to exit in a timely manner.
  4. Pets are not usually allowed in the emergency shelters, so make prior arrangements to ensure your pet is safe.
  5. Check with your local community centre, and familiarize yourself with the emergency evacuation plan.
  6. Prepare a basic emergency kit.  Make sure you have water to last three days, non perishable food items, batteries, flashlights, battery operated radio, emergency contact list, first aid kit, and clothing.
  7. Replenish the emergency kit every six months.  Check expiry dates on food and batteries, and ensure contact lists are correct.
  8. Evaluate and make sure your insurance policies are up to date and cover disasters that are common in your region.
  9. It is important that an emergency contact list is placed on the fridge and by the phone to ensure that they are accessible.  Also make sure if you have smaller children they understand to call 911 in an emergency situation.
  10. The key to staying safe during an emergency situation is to stay calm and focused and follow your plan.

If you have questions or comments post below and the Genesis Security Expert will respond.

Video on Preparing a Emergency Kit

Additional Reference Links:

http://vancouver.ca/emerg/prepyourself/supplykit.htm

http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-eng.aspx

http://www.lloydminster.ca/emobroc.html

The Significance of Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day Poppies

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 Top 10 Poppy Day Facts

Remembrance Day is an important holiday…. a day where we pause and wear a poppy  to honour the many war veterans who fought and gave their lives in the First and Second World wars.  Here are the Top 10 “Poppy Day Facts” to better understand the significance of November 11th:

  1.  Armistice Day (1918), now known as Remembrance Day (1945) was founded November 11, 1918 when Germany ended World War One by signing and declaring peace.
  2. The first Armistice Day was celebrated in Britain on November 11, 1921 and raised £106 000.00.
  3. The Red Poppy icon is used to mark November 11th.  The symbol was taken from the poem  “In Flanders Field” (Canadian Lt. Colonel John McCrae).  The poppies grew wild on many of the graves of the fallen, and most people thought it represented the blood that was shed.
  4. Individuals can purchase (by donation) a poppy from a variety of locations (i.e. Coffee Shops, retail stores, libraries, schools etc.).  The money is used to assist veterans, primarily with medical costs.
  5. On November 11th at 11:00 a.m. individuals are requested to stop and take two minutes of silence to reflect and pay their respects to the many people who fought and died in the wars.
  6. Remembrance Day is celebrated in churches by laying a poppy wreath on the Cenotaph during the ceremony. “The most famous Remembrance Day ceremony is held at the Cenotaph located in London near the House of Parliament.  The attendees at the event include: The Royal Family, Prime Minister, Heads of State and other Service Personnel”. (source).
  7. There are various names used to symbolize November 11th including: Poppy Day, Veterans Day, and Remembrance Day.
  8. Important songs and poems heard during Remembrance Day ceremonies are: In Flanders Field (Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae), Last Post (Carol Ann Duffy), Poppy Petals (Buckley-Clark/ Wedgbury)
  9. Remembrance Day events will be celebrated at various locations in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, and Delta.  Some include: Victory Square, Chinatown Memorial Square, UBC etc.).  Click Here for further details.
  10.  On November 11th show your solidarity, “Poppy Up” and at 11:00am take 2 minutes out of your busy day and stop and reflect upon the freedoms you enjoy today and how they were protected with the lives of others.

With gratitude we at Genesis pause and give thanks to all the brave souls that gave their lives, so that we may continue to enjoy the liberty and freedoms that we sometimes take for granted today.

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Remembrance Ceremony

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Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

 Top 10 “Snowy Home Preparedness Tips”

 
With winter quickly approaching, it’s time to prepare yourself and your home for the cold.   Here are Top 10 “Snowy Home Preparedness Tips” you can use.  
 

1. Stock up on firewood, candles, batteries, hot chocolate, canned foods, flashlights and any other emergency items that will help you when the power goes out. 

2. Make sure the windows are properly insulated to prevent the cold air from entering the house.  To test if caulking is required,light and leave a candle by the window on a   windy day.  If the flame flickers more insulation for the windows is required.

3. Have the chimneys inspected for blockages and build-ups to avoid fires.

4. Install fresh batteries and test all smoke alarms 

5.  Consider installing a carbon monoxide detector if you own a furnace or gas fireplace. 

6. Clean out any leaves, mud or dirt from all gutters. 

7.  Watering plants can be enjoyable in the summer, but it’s time to turn off and insulate outdoor garden hoses and any outdoor faucets.  This will help prevent the garden hose from   bursting if the pipe freezes.

8.  Clean and secure the dumpster to ensure wild animals and rodents do not dig through the garbage.

9. Snow is fun to play in; however, make sure there is a snow shovel, rock salt, sand and any other tools required for snow removal.

10. Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the snow, hot chocolate, and winter season! 

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Halloween Tips

 

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              Top 10 “All Hollows Eve” Tips    

 With Halloween four days away, monsters and goblins are preparing for the scary evening.  Here are ten “All Hollows Eve” tips parents, goblins, and little monsters can use to be safe on this spooky evening.

  1. Ghosts and goblins can be scary; however, make sure your costume is bright and reflective so that drivers can see  you.
  2. Carry a cell phone and a flashlight to protect yourself from dangerous monsters.
  3.  Masks can be fun and terrifying, but can restrict you vision.  Your creative and fun alternative is facepaint.
  4.  If you are under the age of nine years old, a parent should accompany you when trick-or-treating.
  5. Before crossing the road, look both ways to ensure there are no cars.
  6. When trick-or-treating make sure to stay on the side walks.  If there are no side walks stay on the side of the road facing traffic.
  7.  When walking through the neighborhood, travel in large groups and stay in areas that are well lit and busy.
  8.  A map is the solution for discovering treasure.  Plan your route and stick to it.
  9.  Before consuming any treats, make sure an adult check to ensure they are safe, sealed, and wrapped.
  10. Have fun and try not to scare too many monsters!

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Gensis Security Group Wishes you a Happy Halloween

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