Each year it seems we all rotate the same resolutions in order to achieve a longer life: eat healthier, exercise more or quit a bad habit. All of these changes are controllable throughout the whole year, but what about unexpected events that can threaten your life? Unfortunately many people don’t think about emergency preparedness until they hear about a disaster that has happened somewhere else.

What if the disaster hits closer to home? Are you and your family prepared? Do you have an emergency plan? 

December 2016 the earthquake in BC had people reacting and our phone lines lit up. People jumped to action and purchased kits for their homes, car and workplaces responded by wanting to ensure that they had supplies on hand to support staff. But then the event passes. Everyone gets complacent and doesn’t think about what if.

Instead of recycling those usual and tired resolutions, this year make a resolution for you and your family to be safe. To help you out, we at SOS Emergency Response Technologies have come up with 3 quick and easy steps to achieve this goal, so you can sit back and boast to your friends that you accomplished your resolutions for the year.

Step one – Check the batteries in your smoke detector. If you don’t have a smoke detector time to install one.

Step two Check your first aid kits. Take a look and see if any products are expired and need to be replaced. If you don’t have a first aid kit we have several options to get you organized starting from $14.95 for our General Purpose First Aid Kit FK1021. This is a great starter kit for the home, car or truck.

Step three Check your emergency preparedness kit and update your emergency plan/contacts if needed. If you use bottles of water they have to be replaced yearly. Emergency Food Ration Bars and Emergency Sterile Water Packets last longer (5 years). Double check your contact lists to make sure it is up to date with current information and remind your family about the emergency plan you put in place.

If you don’t have an emergency plan there are many sources on the internet. These days we find ourselves working and running errands at all hours of the day so the chances of your family being split up when a disaster hits are larger. Make sure you set a meeting point.

If you don’t have an emergency preparedness kit SOS Emergency Response Technologies has a variety of options to choose from. A family of four can be prepared for 72 hours for as little as $145.00.

That’s all there is to it! Although, there are a few extra steps you could take to make sure those around you are safe as well.

Ask the human resources team if your workplace has an emergency plan as well as emergency kits. If you are on the safety committee make a point to bring it up at the next meeting and set up an emergency plan for your work place. SOS Emergency Response Technologies can also provide emergency preparedness kits and products for your workplace. Call our office 604.277.5855 to speak with a consultant about the best option for your workplace.