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Adapt Your Emergency Kit to the ‘New Normal’

Over the years, preparing for cuts, fractures and other emergencies hasn’t seen much change. However, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has us looking at response in a new light. By adding a few extra supplies to your emergency kit, you can safely respond during an emergency.
 

How to prepare for summer power outages

Due to COVID-19, more people are at home at all times of the day. On hot days, overload to power grids often happen. However, whether it’s due to a grid failure or a thunderstorm, power outages can leave you without air conditioning, lighting, hot water or even running water – and they can last for days or even weeks. Here are some tips to help you prepare.

Thunderstruck – Lightning and Thunderstorm Safety

You may have heard the saying “when thunder roars, head indoors”, and that’s great advice. Thunderstorms move quickly, and may be accompanied by high winds, heavy rain, hail, or tornadoes. Pay attention to weather warnings.
 
When outdoors, keep checking for rapidly darkening skies or increasing wind, and seek shelter immediately if you hear thunder or see lightning. If you can’t get home or into shelter, here are some things to keep in mind:

It’s that time of year again: How to prepare for wildfires, evacuations, and the emotional stress they bring

Canada experiences around 8,000 wildfires every year. These can quickly devastate large areas of forest, grasslands, buildings, and even entire communities. As wildfire season rolls around again, we’ve put together some tips to help you prepare - all from the comfort of your own home.

Prepare now, avoid long lines during hurricane warnings

It’s more important than ever to get a head start on your hurricane preparedness. Preparing now means less crowds and shortages amidst a hurricane warning. Here are some easy tips to help get you started. 

Living on an island during a disaster

Have you ever wondered what living on an island is like? On Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, living on an island is reality for myself and the rest of the population of 2,360 people. When you are isolated, you have no other choice but to pitch in. Most people wear multiple hats in the community. The rule of survival is to help your neighbours, friends, and family. 
 

Feeling bored at home? Take time to get ready

A lot of us are now at home following measures taken to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and if you’re anything like me there is only so much time you can spend rewatching episodes of shows you’ve seen over and over again. So, if you’re looking for something to do, why not take some time to make sure your household is ready for an emergency like flooding or a fire?
 

Working to make Red Cross responses greener

Around the world, a weather or climate-related disaster occurs every one to two days with millions of people needing life-saving assistance each year. When the Red Cross responds to emergencies and disasters, it's important that we consider the environmental impacts of our work - here's how we're doing that. 

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