It’s Friday the 13th – are you ready? #emergencypreparedness

It’s Friday the 13th.

I’m not a Knight Templar, so I’m sure I’m safe as houses. Or am I?

Stepping into my professional persona for a moment, the insurance industry is first and foremost composed of your friends, neighbours and family members. We want you safe, healthy and to live long, happy lives.

Emergency preparedness is a big part of the safe, healthy and long-lived part of life.

Personally, I always expect the worst but pray for the best. I see no reason not to be ready and my life experiences with emergencies have backed up that view.

I live in Canada, the best country in the world, in Toronto, one of the safest cities in the world. Yet I have an emergency plan and kit ready in case the worst happens.

I’m not going to repeat everything you need in a kit; the Government of Canada has an excellent guide available here  and the Canadian Red Cross has a great planning site.

However, my personal experiences have led me to add a few things to my kit over the years.

Here are my 10 must-adds for emergencies:

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