Get ready to take care of yourself during hurricane: Red Cross
Canadians in hurricane Sandy's path should be prepared to look out for themselves for at least 72 hours in case of emergency, the Canadian Red Cross says.
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, southern Quebec and southern Ontario are all expected to take a hit. Heavy winds and rain could knock out power lines, cause flooding and leave people stranded in their homes.
"The Canadian Red Cross encourages all Canadians to take some steps to ensure their safety. Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours in an emergency," national director of disaster management Denis Dion said. "By taking some time now to store emergency food, water and other supplies, you can provide for your entire family during a power outage or evacuation."
The Red Cross recommends families have the following in their homes:
- At least two litres of drinking water and two litres of washing water per person. Make sure there's enough on hand for pets, too.
- Non-perishable food items for each person and animal, plus a manual can opener to access it.
- A crank or battery-operated flashlight, with extra batteries.
- A crank or battery-operated radio, with extra batteries.
- Extra house and car keys.
- A First Aid kit.
- Cash in small bills, as power outages can knock out ATMs.
- Any special needs items like medicine, baby formula and diapers or equipment for people with disabilities.