With summer on its way, the dangers it brings are close behind.

The Emergency Support Services were on scene at the Oliver Fire Department’s Emergency Preparedness Day, giving tips and handouts on how to build a go-bag for emergencies.

For your go-bag, it is important to have one both at your home, and in your vehichle in case it is not possible to return to your home after an evacuation has been ordered.

*Food that is ready to eat, canned food and a can opener.

* Water, at least three days worth.

* Extra medication for any prescription you are on, as well as common ones such as aspirin.

* Seasonal clothing, that should be checked to make sure they are comfortable.

* A small first-aid kit,

* Extra contacts or a pair of back-up glasses

* Copies of your insurance, your care card, and your passport

* A multi-purpose knife

* A whistle

* A flashlight, AM/FM radio, and extra batteries for both.

A go-bag should be prepared for each member of the family, with supplies for each of them to last at least three days. Additionally, if you have a pet, you can prepare a bag for them, and carry a photo with you to provide to the Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team to help them find your pet if you lose them during the emergency.

Make sure you are prepared, so that when a disaster strikes, you can stay safe. To learn more about what you can do to be ready for an emergency , you can go to, or follow @Get_Prepared on Twitter. You can also check out the British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program at

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