Freezing cold. Icey. Dangerous. All these describe the weather, and driving conditions of recent days. The last two days, we have received torrential rain that flooded many areas of Ontario, followed by ice pellets, then freezing rain. https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/i-think-this-is-the-worst-year-ever-severe-storm-hits-southern-ontario-including-barrie-1.4763412. Driving conditions were slick – to say the least. Police advised everyone to stay off the roads if at all possible, as roads became treacherously unsafe.
My preparations were closer to home. Torches, candles and emergency supplies were made ready should power outages occur. It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened. So, like a good scout, I was prepared.
What to include in your emergency kit: (As recommended by Public Health, Canada)
- Two litres of water per person per day. Include small bottles that can be carried easily.
- Food that won’t spoil, liked canned goods, energy bars and dried foods. Remember to pack a manual can opener so that you can get into the food.
- A flashlight.
- Battery-powered or wind-up radio.
- Extra batteries.
- First aid kit.
- Special needs or health-related items such as prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities.
- Extra keys for your car and your house.
- Cash (especially smaller bills and change for payphones).
- Your family’s emergency plan.
Thankfully, we did not lose power. This morning the sun is causing a beautiful crystal landscape to shine like diamonds.
The door to the back garden was frozen shut due to ice coverage, and a temperature in the minus teens, but with a little elbow power I managed to open it, allowing me to feed chickadees that frequent our garden.
So, all in all, we are thankful that the storm did not cause the (possible) chaos that was forecast.
The temperature outside is minus 11 degrees (without the wind chill factored in), and my hope is that other Ontarians were equally fortunate and not seriously affected by the storm.
Feeling fortunate, and blessed.