Hurricane season is upon us; therefore, it is very important that we are prepared to ‘shelter in place’ for at least 72 hours. You will need some basic supplies to be self-sufficient for those 72 hours.

You may have some of the items already, such as food, water, and a battery-operated flashlight. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Would you be able to find your flashlight in the dark?

Here are some key items you should have on hand should you need to shelter in place during an emergency:

    *  Water – at least two litres of water per person per day

    *  Food that will not spoil

    *  Food for your pets

    *  Manual can opener

    *  Wind-up or battery powered flashlight (and extra batteries)

    *  Battery operated radio (being able to communicate is key in an emergency and don’t forget

       extra batteries)

    *  First aid kit

    *  Cash on hand

    *  Hand sanitizer

    *  A supply of your prescriptions

    *  Powered up communication devices

    *  Gas for your vehicles and generators

For further information on 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness, visit

or the Canadian Red Cross at

You can also contact your local Emergency Management Organization for Yarmouth County at 902-648-2314 or 902-742-8558 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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