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How can you prepare for cold or even extreme cold weather events?

Posted Wednesday, January 27, 2021

­­Weather, it’s one of our favourite topics. It’s one of the hardest things to predict; and yet, for that very reason, we should always be prepared for it!

How can you prepare for cold or even extreme cold weather events?

What are those events?

Good questions!

In Emergency Management, we use specific language to talk about preparedness.

However, no matter how we talk about it, when you boil it all down, it’s things that you are probably already doing but don’t...

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Has this happened to you?

Posted Friday, January 22, 2021

Has this happened to you?

Over the last twelve months we’ve all heard some funny stories of people not paying full attention as they tried to juggle at least three to four tasks. (Meal preparation, support children with schoolwork, office work and hopefully a little mindful breathing.)

Here are a couple that I’m sure have either happened to you or you know someone to whom it has!

  • Accidentally putting salt in your coffee (if that doesn’t wake you up…)
  • Ending...

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The big night is fast approaching… time to get ready!

Posted Friday, December 21, 2018

We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Santa during his busiest time of year to ask him what he keeps in his Emergency Preparedness Kit.

Santa knows that delivering gifts is important; he also understands that being ready is important!

Q: Santa, you’ll be delivering gifts to children all over the world on December 24th. What are some of the most important items in your sleigh?

A: Mrs Claus makes sure that I keep a change of clothes in the sleigh, including a...

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Food Safety During “Power Failure”

Posted Saturday, September 22, 2018

Handling and preparing food is always important in preventing Foodborne illness, but a power failure can result in food becoming spoiled due to a lack of refrigeration. Follow these safe food-handling tips during a power failure to reduce the risk of Foodborne illness:
Frozen Food:
  • Freezing stops the growth of bacteria. A full upright or chest freezer will keep food frozen for up to 2 days during a power failure. A half-full freezer will keep the food frozen for about one...

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#PartySafe tips

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018

These tips will help keep you safe and healthy.

Whether you’re going out for a drink or plan to party all night long, know these party safe tips before going out:


  • Don’t mix drugs with other substances like alcohol
  • Using more than one drug at a time increases the risk of overdose
  • Stay hydrated with water and take breaks from dancing to prevent dehydration and overheating
  • Don’t accept drinks (even water) from people you don’t know -...

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