Home emergency kit should include first aid DAVE BOWMAN, Daily Press File A first-aid kit should be among your emergency home supplies. Most items, like torches, are already part of your emergency preparedness kit; however, these and other items might be scattered around your house. The government website, and the Alberta Emergency Management Agency website has excellent information and great outlines on what to do, different kits for various purposes, and what to include in each and Public Safety Canada has a complete guide. If there is anticipation of a longer emergency or evacuation from your home, include a change of clothing for each member of the family; sleeping bags and blankets, additional practical footwear, toiletries, toilet paper, utensils for eating and garbage bags. People with disabilities who live in mid-level and high-rise apartment buildings face unique challenges in ensuring their safety in an emergency. People with disabilities who live in mid-level or high-rise apartment buildings honestly face unique challenges in ensuring their safety in an emergency.
One of the downsides of some rental homes is that apartments and condos have less storage space than a house, which may comes with a garage, basement or attic. Water will be your top concern in the event of an emergency so be prepared with a water supply that you can either easily take with you, or use in your home.

If your home is safe to stay in, you should fill every bathtub in the house as long as you have water because you don’t know if or when the supply will temporarily cut off. Whether you are in your home or a temporary site, you will want a simple way to cook your food and boil your water.
If you are able to remain in your home, lining your toilet with a heavy duty plastic bag under the lid will allow your family to use it, and you can control the smell by sprinkling a layer of cat litter in there after each use. Contact solution, diapers, wipes, formula, basic first aid kid, emergency blankets, flashlights, lanterns and fresh batteries are also important components of emergency preparedness.
If you are lucky enough to stay in your home during a crisis, you will have everything you need without digging for it and if you must evacuate in a hurry, your supplies are easily transportable. For more information and complete list of what to collect for emergency preparedness while living in a rental, visit the CDC website.
In the event of emergencies or disasters, injured people need to receive help within the first hour of the incident. Include personal items, such as medications and emergency phone numbers, or other items your health-care provider may suggest.Check kits regularly.

A plan of action and escape route is also important, as well as copies of identification documents and an emergency contact list. If this is your situation, it doesn’t let you off the hook when it comes to maintaining an emergency preparedness plan. One of the easiest ways to consolidate all of the things you would need in an emergency is to designate a backpack or 10-gallon bucket for each person in the home.
NFPA’s flyer,” Mid-Level and High-Rise Apartment Safety for People with Disabilities,” includes tips for working with building management, the local fire department, and other residents on safe evacuation, and also provides information on evacuation aids and emergency preparation. First-aid kits are a necessity for attending to victims and should be kept in homes, vehicles, schools and workplaces.You may purchase first-aid kits or customize your own kits for families, schools and businesses.

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