#ygkChallenge: Prepare for an Emergency

Emergency Kit, Kingston, OntarioThe #ygkchallenge is an ongoing series where we dare you to be different, resolve to be better, and or do something awesome in support of our beloved community. Each week, Kingstonist establishes a new, ambitious or quirky goal, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston (and the world) a slightly better place to live, work and play.

This week’s #ygkchallenge encourages you to:

Take part in Emergency Preparedness Week.  Kingston has had its fair share of real and near misses when it comes to emergencies, whether they be man-made or at the hand of mother nature. From crippling ice storms, to short lived floods in low lying areas, unexplained grass fires and a recent construction site inferno displacing entire blocks of residences, we have witnessed and experienced situations posing immediate risk to our safety, property and the environment. But just how prepared are you and your household if the unthinkable were to happen and you had to go without power, access to food, water or immediate help for 72 hours? What if you had to leave at a moment’s notice?  These are the sorts of questions the City of Kingston is getting Kingstonians to ask themselves as they ramp up their week-long Emergency Preparedness blitz. The City is offering various ways to prepare for possible emergencies, including: advice on developing an emergency plan and kit, training to become a CANWARN weather spotter, as well as displays from local emergency responders.  Take the time to educate yourself and your loved ones, and take steps so that you are prepared in the event of an emergency situation.

Join us in completing this week’s #ygkchallenge by liking it on Facebook and/or re-Tweeting it on Twitter. By liking and sharing, you’re not only committing to doing something great, but you’re also helping us spread the word and hopefully encouraging others to participate.

Photo credit to Emergency Info BC.

Harvey Kirkpatrick

Harvey Kirkpatrick is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. His features curiously explore urban planning, what if scenarios, the local food scene and notable Kingstonians. Loves playing tourist and listening to rap music. Learn more about Harvey...

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