It has certainly been a busy spring for the Canadian Red Cross and its team of dedicated volunteers. In the past few months, we have responded to Hurricane Sandy, ice storms in Ontario, flooding in Ontario, and personal disasters like house fires and power outages. With volunteers on standby in Manitoba due to the potential for severe flooding and Atlantic Canada bracing for hurricanes, it doesn’t look like our work will be slowing down any time soon either! All of these recent events have really reminded us of the need for families to be prepared for these types of local emergencies and disasters that could affect any Canadian communities.
Knowledge + plans + build a kit = Preparedness!
This is the theme of this year’s Emergency Preparedness Week, May 5-11, 2013 to bring awareness and encourage Canadians to know the risks in their community. We want Canadians to know the risks, make a plan, get an emergency kit, and be prepared!
To help our readers #beready, we’re giving away four ETON weather radios to add to your emergency kit:
ETON MicroLink FR 170 Weather Radio – AM/FM Weather Radio with USB cell phone charger that receives audio broadcasts issued by Environment Canada on weather warnings and alerts. Includes built-in LED flashlight and USB cell phone charger. Powered by solar panel and dynamo crank. (Retail value: $36.95)
ETON SolarLink FR 370 Weather Radio– enhanced weather radio that receives audio broadcasts from Environment Canada filtering only broadcasts that affect your area. Also includes an alarm clock. (Retail value: $67.95)
How to win:
• Do you know the risks for disaster in your home or neighbourhood? Comment on this blog post with what those risks are and the Canadian Red Cross will help you be prepared with an emergency solar powered crank weather radio.
• Are you prepared? Post a photo, video, or blog to your social networks demonstrating one thing you have done with your family to prepare for a disaster. Remember to tag @redcrosscanada and use #beready in it to win!
Contest closes Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Contest open to Canadian residents only.
The Canadian Red Cross has many helpful resources to help you plan for an emergency. To learn more about how to make an emergency plan, what to pack in an emergency kit, and about the risks in your area, visit www.redcross.ca/prepare
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