Emergency Preparedness

Ross Road School’s Emergency Supplies Container

The Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC) would like to thank all of you for your continued support during the school year. We believe that the safety of the students and staff are paramount and with your generous donations we have been able to purchase more supplies for the container (located at the north end of the back field) and class “Grab & Go” bags.

>> The EPC is looking for parents to help or join us during the school year << Along with the administration, the EPC helps to adapt, implement and update the school’s emergency program. Here are some of the things that we do:

  • Maintain familiarity with the school’s emergency response procedures.
  • Ensure all class ‘grab & go bags’ are properly stocked.
  • Update the emergency response procedures, including the designation of staff for response functions.
  • Update the student identification forms and student release forms.
  • Liaise with the PAC for appropriate funding.
  • Manage an inventory of ‘equipment & supplies list’ and replace resources as necessary. (ex. food rations, water, batteries etc.)
  • Organize and implement a program of drills and exercises, and supervise their conduct and evaluation as part of the school curriculum.
  • Maintain regular contact with parents through meetings and newsletters.

Please contact Heather Merry at heather.merry@yahoo.com for more information.

Do you have any Canadian Tire money? The EPC would appreciate your donations so that we can purchase more supplies for the container. The donation box is located by the front office in the foyer.

Earthquake Preparedness:
We urge you to view the following websites for more detailed information on what to do should B.C. experience an earthquake:

  • Provincial Emergency Program – Ministry of Public Safety:
    www.pep.bc.ca
  • North Shore Emergency Management Office:
    www.nsemo.org
    Located off Lonsdale Avenue, the NSEMO offers many courses throughout the year as well valuable information on personal safety.

Basic items you will need to survive for 72 hours:

  • Water – at least two litres of water per person per day (including small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order)
  • Food – that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year)
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Candles and matches or lighter (remember to place candles in sturdy containers and to put them out before going to sleep)
  • Battery-powered or wind-up radio (and extra batteries)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travellers cheques are also useful) and change for pay phones
  • A copy of your emergency plan including contact information
  • Pet supplies: food, leash, medicine
  • Recommended additional kit supplies:

It is always a good idea to have extra supplies on hand. Here are some recommendations:

  • A change of clothing and footwear for each household member
  • Sleeping bag or warm (foil) blanket for each household member
  • A whistle (in case you need to attract attention)
  • Garbage bags for personal sanitation
  • Toilet paper and other personal care supplies
  • Safety gloves
  • Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, fasteners, work gloves)
  • Small fuel-driven stove and fuel (follow manufacturer’s directions and store properly)
  • Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning

For more information about the EPC, or if you have corporate connections to emergency preparedness items, please contact Heather Merry, our EPC coordinator:
Email: heather.merry@yahoo.com

Thank you for your support!