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Be Prepared:

Always be prepared for spending up to three days in your home with little or no help.  If we have a heavy snowfall, it may take 24 to 48 hours to clear your road. Stay connected with your neighbours. One of them may be able to help you shovel out or bring some wood in for you. 

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When heavy snow is in the forecast you can prepare by doing a few simple tasks:

  • Keep your fuel tank full

  • Park your vehicle close to the road

  • Keep your cell phone charged

  • Stockpile some firewood near your entry door and keep some kindling inside so it is dry

  • Send an email to to let us know if you have an appointment scheduled and may need help clearing your driveway

  • Keep a snow shovel handy - your neighbour or a  volunteer may use it.

  • If it is cold or going to be cold, keep your curtains and blinds closed to conserve heat.

How You Can be better Prepared before winter begins next year.

1.  Order firewood in the early summer and store under cover

2. Connect with neighbours throughout the year.

3.  Remove overhanging branches and trees that may damage your vehicle or home.

4. Add or replace old weather stripping on doors.


For more information contact Quadra Circle

Throughout the winter you should have the following on hand to be prepared for up to 3 days without help.

  • Battery powered or rechargeable lantern

  • Extra batteries

  • Radio for am/fm/weather with batteries, plugin, crank and solar options - Available at Quadra Circle office

  • Headlight with batteries or rechargeable

  • Water 4L per day = 12L, about 2 to 3 gallons for one person – refillable jugs available at TruValue.

  • Keep your kitchen stocked with non-perishable or frozen food – canned goods, oats/breakfast cereals, peanut butter, rice, root veggies, bread. 

  • Manual can opener

  • Hand warmers – 6 to 10 packages should last 3 days

  • Hot/cold pack (or hot water bottle) - can be warmed in hot water or microwave and used to make bed warmer or to warm feet before bed

  • Sleeping bag/blankets

  • Leather work gloves

  • Lighter and/or matches

  • Medications

  • Pet food – at least 3 days supply

  • 5 gallon pail with several heavy duty garbage bags – emergency latrine

  • Whistle to attract attention if needed

  • Suggested item – car jumper pack – can charge cell phones for 3 days

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Safety and Emergency supplies can be ordered online through a Canadian company. Crank radios and lights may be the most useful items--Quadra Circle has some available in stock or to order.

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