Governments and agencies are advising the public on how to properly prepare for post-tropical storm Sandy as heavy winds and rainfall cross the border into Canada.
The Red Cross is giving Canadians the following tips to prepare for the effects of the storm:
- Have at least a 72-hour supply of food and water. The food should be non-perishable and easy to prepare.
- Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind.
- Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
- Talk with your family and prepare an evacuation plan. Practise this plan consistently in order to avoid confusion and chaos in the midst of evacuation.
- Create copies of personal documents such as birth certificates, passports and drivers' licences.
- Keep extra cash on you. If the power is out for a significant amount of time you will not have access to bank machines.
The Red Cross advises assembling an emergency kit with:
- 12 litres of water (for drinking and washing) per person.
- 3 days of non-perishable or canned food per person.
- A manual can-opener; a crank or battery-operated flashlight; a battery-operated radio; extra batteries.
- A first-aid kit.
- Cash in small bills, medications, baby formula, other special-needs items.