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Susan C., Clemens Mill | January 2, 2019

We’ve all been there. The lights flicker, the branches of trees madly sway, and the clouds race across the sky. There may be snow falling at extreme angles.

It doesn't matter if it is 40 minutes from Cambridge in a rented farmhouse, in Muskoka, or on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, life can be much easier if one prepares for ‘nature versus civilization’, and accepts that humble realization that nature can put us in our place.

The one thing I learned living for 2 years in Newfoundland, long ago, was that if the weather forecaster told you a disruptive storm was going to travel up the coast, you did not question it. Did I have access to pre-cooked food and drinking water? Did I have extra supplies of water in containers and in the bathtub? Where are my flashlights, candles and matches? What did the kids need, and could I find a favourite toy or an extra sweater now instead of when I had to search by flashlight? If the winds were very high, I knew that even the ambulances would not be going anywhere, so a good first aid kit was handy.

In present day Southern Ontario, we are told to prepare for 72 hours of being on our own, such as when the power goes out. A major ice storm can make us realize just how dependent we are on electricity. It makes things easier if you have a bit of cash on hand and a full tank of gas in the car. We are also told to have an “on the go” kit for personal necessities in case we have to leave our home. We should also have an emergency kit in the car.

Along the way, I learned that preparation can improve one’s comfort and feeling of capability in extreme weather.

How can you be prepared for this winter season and for the many more to come? Join us at Clemens Mill on Saturday, January 12 2019 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. with Captain Dana Landsborough, from the Cambridge Fire Department, who will be presenting “Emergency Preparedness”.