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Nelline

Being prepared for Winter also means having the means to survive through possible harsh Winter storms with resultant "emergencies"

This is the current projection of the storm due to hit the Maritimes late Sunday. With our last big winter storm a few weeks ago, many - if not most - of the Island households and many others on the Mainland, were without electricity for anything between one day and 4 days (or more)
Our particular household is vulnerable in that we're right on the coast so we have no buffer between us and the wind, plus we have electric heating and an electric waterpump… so if we lose power it means no heating, no drinking water, no water for flushing toilets…  Many people have a wood burning stove or a propane fireplace (wish list for us, also a generator)
So we have to make certain preparations
 

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Nelline

Our emergency kit. A small propane heater, with extra gas canisters, a carbon monoxide alarm which runs on batteries, a rechargeable camping light with extra torches which run on AA batteries, a small camping stove hob with extra butane canisters and a cellphone recharger with handy LED light
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Nelline

Our emergency kit. A small propane heater, with extra gas canisters, a carbon monoxide alarm which runs on batteries, a rechargeable camping light with extra torches which run on AA batteries, a small camping stove hob with extra butane canisters and a cellphone recharger with handy LED light

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Nelline

  Also, emergency food for humans and dogs, a lot of bottled water, extra torches around the house, bottled bleach, and we'll fill the bathtub with water for flushing toilets. A well stocked first aid kit

 This is my friend's stockpile, however she lives alone BUT she also has the benefit of a generator.

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Cathy K

This is so important all over Canada. Where we live it's essential to have an emergency kit in case of an earthquake.

We also have a hand cranked radio/flashlight, mostly for emergency alerts.   https://www.canadiansafetysupplies.com/Crank-Solar-Power-Flashlight-with-Siren-Radio-p/300022.htm?gclid=Cj0KCQiAj4biBRC-ARIsAA4WaFiG87wQip6g_5uGTaSfQD0N7aJd9guNFkYzGezXoZlKFog0eH_Ha50aAq7LEALw_wcB

We each have a sleeping bags suited for extreme cold.

You soon learn to also equip your vehicle with an emergency kit as well: one or two warm blankets, some energy bars, a few bottles of water, chains for the wheels, small bag of cat litter,  a collapsible shovel, a small ax and some kind of small mat to put under the wheels for extra traction when you get stuck in the snow. We also include a first aid kit.

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MaryJane

Here’s a basic list of what to put together:

https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/kts/bsc-kt-en.aspx

As mentioned above, it’s extremely important that you plan for emergencies.

And since we’re on the topic of what to put together during emergencies, here’s a further basic list for what to keep in your car (not entirely weather dependent): 

https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/kts/cr-kt-en.aspx

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