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Health Unit: be prepared in advance for winter emergencies

Temperatures are dropping and winter is coming, so now’s the time to prepare for cold weather emergencies. 

That’s the message the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is trying to spread.  

The organization is urging residents to put together an emergency kit with enough food and water to sustain your household for three days, so you can be ready if services become unavailable. 

“When creating your kit, consider sufficient amounts of non-perishable food that can be prepared without cooking, a supply of bottled water, medication, first aid kit, clothing and blankets,” explains Communications Coordinator Susan Healey. 

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Other recommended items include a flashlight and a portable radio, to stay connected to the community and learn about any updates during a winter emergency. 

Staff members also say you should avoid non-essential travel. 

“If you must travel,” Healey adds, “ensure that your vehicle is equipped with winter tires, relay travel plans to a friend or family member and don’t forget to check in after arriving at your destination.” 

You can read more winter emergency safety advice on the Health Unit’s website. 

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