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Rimbey RCMP give tips to creating an emergency kit

Local RCMP also responded to 42 calls for service over the last week

In the last week Rimbey RCMP responded to 42 calls for service. These files include, but are not limited to: two thefts of trucks, two sexual assault complaints, one missing person investigation, one assault investigation, two mischief occurrences, and two mental health related calls.

On May 5 at 4:55 p.m. officers responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a male who was trapped inside the vehicle and unconscious. While EMS attended to the driver, the officer on scene spoke with witnesses who reported seeing the driver cross into the wrong lane, almost causing a head on collision, and then continue into the ditch at full speed where the truck hit a driveway which launched the vehicle into the air. The vehicle then took out a barbed wire fence and a power pole, completely removing the pole from its base. The witnesses informed the officer that the drivers head was down and they had attempted honking their horn to alert the driver. The elderly driver was possibly experiencing a medical episode that resulted in the collision. Fortunately, no one else was harmed and the driver sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Emergency Preparedness Week – May 2-8

Everyone has a role to play in an emergency. EP Week is an opportunity for you to take action to ensure you are prepared to protect yourself, your family and your community during an emergency.

This year, the theme is Emergency Preparedness: Be Ready for Anything.

The intent of this theme is to encourage Canadians to take action to become better prepared for the range of emergencies they could face in their region.

Over the past year, we have all been dealing with a global pandemic. Our reality in Canada is that we may also face other types of emergencies, such as floods, storms and forest fires, or national security incidents.

In an emergency, you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

Get an emergency kit!

Assemble one

Here is a basic emergency kit checklist:

– Water — two litres of water per person per day (include small bottles)

– Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace once a year)

– Manual can opener

– Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)

– Wind-up or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)

– First aid kit

– Extra keys for your car and house

– Cash, travelers’ cheques and change

– Important family documents such as identification, insurance and bank records

– Emergency plan — include a copy in your kit as well as contact information

– Consider these additional emergency kit supplies:

– Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning

– Candles and matches or lighter (place in sturdy containers and do not burn unattended)

– Change of clothing and footwear for each household member

– Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each household member

– Toiletries and personal hygiene items

– Hand sanitizer, toilet paper and garbage bags

– Prepaid phone card, mobile phone charger

– Pet food and supplies

– Infant formula, baby food and supplies

– Activities for children like books, puzzles or toys

– Prescription medications, medical equipment

– Utensils, plates and cups

– Household chlorine bleach or water purifying tablets

– Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, work gloves, pocket knife)

– Small fuel-operated stove and fuel

– Whistle (to attract attention)

– Duct tape

Or you can buy one:

You can buy an emergency kit online and in stores across Canada. Canadian Red Cross kits can be purchased on its website. The Salvation Army also has a standard kit as well as a car kit available for purchase on its website.

If you have information on any crime, contact your local RCMP Detachment at 403-843-2224 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers can also be contacted online at www.P3tips.com, or you can download the P3 Tips app for Android or Apple on your smart phone. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash award.

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