Back to School – Emergency Preparedness

Back to School – Emergency Preparedness

Every year at this time of year we hear from schools, daycares and parents inquiring about what should be in a comfort kit. Ensuring your child has what they need in the event of an emergency does not need to be overwhelming, costly or time consuming. However, it is of the upmost importance that their comfort kit does not exist of granola bars and apple juice. After all, who wants to deal with a hyped up sugar kid in an emergency situation. Comfort kits can be used in any emergency situation. Power outage, evacuation, flood and even an earthquake. Currently, daycares and elementary schools request that parents provide kits but increasingly high school students should be prepared as well (my daughter high-school was on lock-down for 7 hours 2 years ago). High school students can leave their comfort kit in their locker or carry it in their backpack. Alternatively, PAC’s can encourage high-schools to store these kits in the homeroom classroom.

The SOS 72 hour Child Comfort Kit has everything your child needs in a Ziploc bag:

  • Emergency Food Rations
  • Emergency water packages
  • 12hr emergency light stick
  • Solar blanket
  • poncho

June is National Pet Preparedness Month

Pet Preparedness Month – Your Emergency Preparedness Goal this month can include:

•Include your pets in your emergency plans

•Build a separate emergency kit for your pets – this kit should include basics like pet food and extra water. Put a favorite toy, treats or bedding in the kit too.

•Make sure and keep digital records and/or pictures to identify your pet after a disaster in case you become separated

•Create a list of places that accept pets if an emergency happens

NAOSH Week May 6-12, 2018

NAOSH Week’s goal is to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community. The success of NAOSH Week is rooted in a community–based approach. Across the country, NAOSH Week events and activities are coordinated by local, provincial and/or regional committees, comprised primarily of volunteers, who share a focus and vision of safer workplaces and communities. Partnerships with government, business, suppliers, CSSE Chapters, community health organizations and other safety groups provide the support, resources and network necessary to manage the NAOSH Week plans.

*taken from http://www.naosh.org/*

Here at SOS Emergency Response Technologies we are dedicated to improving the health and safety of people in all areas of their life, including work. Visit our resource pages for more information on the training and products we provide to keep your workplace a safer place. Be sure to check out:

Emergency Oxygen in the Workplace:

AED’s :

Emergency Preparedness & First Aid Kits:

 

Does your emergency evacuation plan account for staff with mobility issues?

Does your emergency evacuation plan account for staff with mobility issues?

As a safety coordinator have you taken into consideration any staff with mobility issues in your emergency planning? Keep in mind staff with unobservable challenges that may or may not self-identify before an emergency. These individuals may need additional help during emergency situations.

Such issues may include:
◦Arthritis
◦Asthma
◦Cardiac condition
◦Chronic back problems
◦Psychological disability

Prepare a personal evacuation plan for individuals requiring special assistance during an evacuation. Be sure to include:
◦Intended route and means of evacuation
◦Who will assist them
◦Areas of refuge where they can wait for assistance

Update your department Emergency Action Plan annually to accurately describe:
◦The number of people who may require special assistance during an evacuation
◦Their primary work location

Assign 2 or more staff members who are willing and able to assist a colleague with a disability during evacuation.

Ensure that you have evacuation chair(s) on hand. Evacuation chairs are specially constructed for evacuating non-ambulatory persons from multi-level facilities. Most designs enable 1 or 2 assistants to control movement down stairs without lifting. Call our office at 604.277.5855 for more information on this product.

February is Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in North America. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable.  Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer.  FEBRUARY IS HEART HEALTH MONTH. Make a difference in your community by spreading the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encouraging those around you to have their hearts check and commit to heart-healthy lives. Make a difference in your workplace by taking a CPR course and putting an AED in place as well. SOS Emergency Response Technologies carries the Philips and the ZOLL AED lines.

Call us today at 604.277.5855 to see which AED fits your needs and budget.

 

Tuesday Tsunami

I woke up this morning and turned on my phone like it was any other morning. Boy did my phone light up with alerts from social media sites I follow and the emails were coming in for orders for 72 hour grab and go kits. While I (we) were sleeping, a major earthquake had happened off the coast of Alaska triggering a tsunami.  As a result, a tsunami warning was issue for coastal BC and Alaska and a tsunami watch for the entire pacific coast of North America.

Thankfully, a few hours later the warning was lifted. However, an event such as this, so close to home is a reminder that every household (and business) in British Columbia should have not only the supplies, but have an emergency preparedness plan as well.

The question I have for you is…if you had to evacuate in the middle of the night would you be prepared?