Happy Post Halloween Everyone!!! I’m not sure about you, but I’m EXHAUSTED!!!! My son had so much fun not only trick-or-treating but handing out candy. He walked the entire time carrying his candy, about 20 houses or so, without a single complaint, through the pouring rain. Now that’s a serious trick-or-treater!!! 🙂 My husband and I also had a blast watching him have so much fun. Every year we spend it with our god son’s family as they live in a neighborhood that goes all out. My son didn’t get to bed until 10:30 and I fell asleep so fast that I don’t even remember falling asleep. Below are pictures of our Halloween escapades.
My son horsing around
We tried to get a family picture and this is what we got instead
This is what I wore yesterday. I thought a sparkly sweater is “tres apropos” for Halloween.
This is what I wore today. I am exhausted from yesterday’s festivities so I decided leggings, cardigan, scarf and my EMU boots are in order for today.
Today’s Arm Candy
The recent events and wrath of Mother Nature got me thinking about how prepared I am or anyone is for any natural disaster. They keep telling us that the “big one”, meaning the big earthquake, is due to happen any day here in BC. So are we prepared? Are you prepared? Being prepared applies to anyone, living anywhere, not just those that live on fault lines, in Hurricane areas or in Tornado alley. This applies to us all. Last year we had a minor earthquake that my husband felt as his work. It got us not only discussing that we needed to be prepared,but it made us make an emergency kit. So we went to Costco, loaded up on water, batteries, candles, canned food, and other items. We have a great first aid kit and a friend of ours gave us an emergency kit that contains a radio and other necessary things for survival. Below is a kit that you can buy at Home Depot for $88 that contains enough supplies for 4 people for 3 days. Costco has first aid kits that includes everything you would need in an emergency. My point is that you should get yourself ready and be prepared no matter where you live, especially if you have children. Two great and very practical Christmas gifts: First Aid Kit and an Emergency Kit. It doesn’t sound like much but I’m sure in a disaster your family/friend will appreciate it. I know we appreciate our emergency kit that was given to us.
Parents should also know what their child’s school’s policy is regarding any natural disasters or emergencies that may occur. I didn’t think about this until we had the earthquake this past weekend. I also am going to go over with my babysitter what to do in case an earthquake happens while we are out. Better safe than sorry.
Below is a list I got from the City of Vancouver outlining what you should have in your emergency kit. This list applies to everyone, living anywhere.
- During an emergency, you could lose important services, such as electricity, water, phones, and transit. You might even need to leave your home.
- It is important that you make emergency kits – filled with food, water, clothing, medicine, money, and other emergency supplies – for you, your family, and your pets.
- These kits will help you better survive for up to three days while you wait for services to be turned back on, or until it is safe to go back home.
- Make or buy the emergency kits that apply to your situation using the lists below.
- Check your kits twice per year to replace any expired food, batteries, and medicine. A good reminder to check is when changing your clocks for daylight savings in the spring and fall.
Evacuation kit (grab-and-go kit)
Every person in your family should have their own customized evacuation kit at home and at work. Keep the kits by the front door, where they will be easy to find if you need to evacuate quickly.
- Backpack or tote bag (to carry the kit items)
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Bottled water
- Candles and matches or a lighter
- Clothing and shoes (one change, comfortable and all-season)
- First aid kit
- Flashlight and batteries
- Food that requires no cooking
- Glasses or contacts (case and solution)
- Identification, insurance papers and other important documents
- NOTE: Before storing any medications, check with your family doctor or pharmacist.
Money (including coins)
- Phone cards
- Playing cards and games
- Radio and batteries, or crank radio (to listen to news and public advisories)
- Toilet paper and personal hygiene supplies
Special items for babies and toddlers
- Bottled milk
- Toys, crayons, and paper
During an emergency, you may be able to stay in your home, but might not have heat or electricity. A home kit will help you cope without services for 72 hours. Replace expired food regularly.
- At least four litres per person, per day (half for drinking)
- Canned foods
- Crackers and biscuits
- Honey, peanut butter, syrup, and jam
- Salt and pepper
- Coffee and tea
- Food preparation equipment
- Knives, forks, and spoons
- Disposable cups and plates
- Manual can opener and bottle opener
- Canned food and water (two-week supply)
- Cat litter or plastic bags for pet waste
- Feeding bowls and can opener
- Paper towel
- Pet first aid kit
- Photo of your pet
- Toys and treats
- Veterinarian and vaccination records in zip-locked bag
If you are in your car when an emergency happens, have these life-saving supplies with you.
- Axe or hatchet
- Booster cables
- Cloth or roll of paper towels
- Emergency food pack
- Extra clothing or footwear
- Fire extinguisher
- First aid kit with seat belt cutter
- Flashlight and batteries
- Ice scraper and brush
- Matches and a survival candle in a deep can (to warm hands and drinks)
- Methyl hydrate (to de-ice fuel lines and windshields)
- Road maps
- Sand, salt, or cat litter
- Survival blanket
- Tow chain
- Traction mats
- Warning light or road flares
I don’t mean for this post to be so serious, I just want people to be prepared.
May this blog inspire you to start thinking about your preparedness for any natural disaster and for you to start planning your own emergency kit.
To end my post on a lighter note here is a picture of my husband last year with his Movember mustache.
Happy Thursday and Movember to Everyone!!!