Monday, February 3, 2020 / by Zifan Gao
How to build an emergency kit + Go Bag | February Referral Newsletter
Recent winter snowstorms have shown us how important it is to be prepared in case of an emergency. On page 2 you can find instructions to build your own 72-hours Emergency Kit and what to put in a "go bag."
Unlike the weather, the Real Estate market has not cooled down. If you know someone who's thinking of selling – give me a call at (416) 993-8199. You can help them take advantage of this sellers' market while helping the kids at SickKids.
Have you checked out our Real Estate Meetups? Every last Thursday of the month we bring in an expert to share insider tips and info on all areas of Real Estate. Next one is happening on February 27th – head to our Facebook page to RSVP.
Build an Emergency Kit + Go Bag
If an emergency happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. Here's what you'll need to stay safe in case of an emergency.
- Three day supply of drinking water (4 litres per person per day) and non-perishable food that meets your family’s dietary needs including food for infants, children, seniors and pets
- Manual can opener if you pack cans
- Battery powered or crank radio, flashlight (including batteries) and personal alarm or whistle
- Aluminum foil, duct tape and plastic wrap to cover vent openings
- First aid kit, including hand sanitizer and emergency blankets
- Prescription drugs, medical supplies and special equipment for the family
- In Case of Emergency information sheet about your particular needs, including contact information for your healthcare provider(s), caregiver(s), or personal attendant(s), and other emergency contact numbers including your veterinarian, and a detailed list of all prescriptions and medications
- Copies of your important documents such as passports, bank account numbers, credit cards, health card, social insurance cards, family records, insurance policies, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.
- A copy of your In Case of Emergency information sheet
- A list of all the medications you take and how often
- Extra set of car and house keys
- Credit and ATM cards and cash, especially in small denominations
- Bottled water and non-perishable food, such as energy or granola bars
- Contact list and meeting place information for your household
- Child and animal care supplies or other special care items
An unexpected bond
Owen is a 16-year-old elite hockey player. Roux is a tiny three-year-old girl. Two kids that couldn’t be more different, share one unbreakable bond. Both were diagnosed with childhood cancer within weeks of each other at SickKids. Going through treatment at the same time brought their families close together. Both Owen & Roux’s parents knew each other by name—they were all school teachers in the same school board, and often at the same school. Hours spent together, supporting their kids, watching them undergo surgeries and chemotherapy just a few rooms away from each other has created a lifetime bond between the parents, and an adorable relationship between little Roux and Owen.Owen ended treatment in August and is working hard at physiotherapy, with hopes of playing in the OHL. In July, Roux was cancer free; however on October 1, a chest x-ray revealed that her cancer had relapsed. She is currently back in treatment.
Why We Give to SickKids
Born, grew up, and now raising my own daughter right here in Toronto, I have so many lasting memories of SickKids Hospital.
As one of the best children's hospitals in the world, SickKids has been fighting for kid's health since 1875. With over 80,000 emergency visits and more than 12,000 operations a year, so many families and lives have been touched upon by SickKids. On top of that, SickKids is also a leading research institute in children's health. The invention of Pablum. The first successful separation of conjoined twins. The first kidney transplant from a living donor. Discovering the gene responsible for cystic fibrosis.
From lab benches to bedsides, the health care and scientific advances are only made possible with generous donations. The Boiron Group is on a mission to raise $25,000 to help The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) continue their fight. For every referral we receive, a significant portion of our commission goes to SickKids. So, your referrals really do help the children!