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Kids learn to be prepared, during March Break

Would you know what to do in an emergency – a major power outage, a crippling winter storm, a train derailment involving hazardous cargo?

Chances are your kids know, thanks a Simcoe County Program that brings Emergency Preparedness training into the classroom.

STEP, STudent Emergency Preparedness, teaches kids the importance of being prepared for an emergency, having a plan, and preparing a 72-hour Emergency Kit.

Experience shows that it may take 72 hours to restore power, or for emergency responders to reach your home; having a handy kit containing water (2 litres per day per person), non-perishable food, a hand-operated can opener, flashlight and batteries, crank or battery-operated radio, First Aid kit, cash, whistle (to attract attention), special needs items (pet food, infant formula, medication, assistive devices), and documentation (in case of evacuation) can be critical for coping with disaster.

County of Simcoe Emergency Management Training and Promotions rep Rob Heffernan, Bradford West Gwillimbury Firefighters, and Astrid Vig-Bergsma of Emergency Management Fire & Emergency Services, brought a child-friendly Emergency Preparedness Program to the Bradford Public Library during March Break.

Kids (and their parents) could watch a video, try putting out a digital fire using a simulated fire extinguisher, and pick up everything from Jr. Fire Chief hats, to reflective Halloween loot bags and Emergency Preparedness information, free.

The annual event has become an important educational tool – because when kids know what to do in an emergency, they tell their parents.

Are you prepared for an emergency? Step one is knowing the risks and hazards that you could face. Blizzards, ice storms, hail, high winds, flooding, thunderstorms, lightning, heat waves and power outages are all  dangers that occur in Ontario.

Step two: Prepare a Family Emergency Plan. Draw up a floor plan of your home that shows all possible exits from each room. In case of evacuation or separation, plan two safe places where everyone should meet, and make sure everyone has the phone number of an out-of-town emergency contact, in case local communications are disrupted.

Step three: Prepare your 72 Hour Emergency Kit. If evacuation is an option, add sleeping bags, blankets, extra clothing for every member of the family, toiletries (including hand sanitizer), utensils, toilet paper, basic tools (hammer, pocket knife, duct tape), and extra house keys.

Storm damages Innisfil lines

As power is being restored, Innisfil residents are reminded that if they still are without electricity to contact InnPower by e-mailing [email protected], or by calling 705-431-4321.

The phone lines will be busy at times, but customers will eventually get through.

Please remember to leave contact information and an address.

As of Saturday, March 26, the power has been restored to the majority of Innisfil but there will still be isolated patches throughout the weekend and possibly into next week. The power is still out for part of Big Bay Point, but InnPower and other crews are aware and will be focussing on restoring electricity to the area.

“We want to thank our residents for their patience this holiday weekend,” said Deputy Mayor Lynn Dollin. “Staff at the Town, InnPower, Police, Fire, Water and more won’t stop until all power is restored and our roads are clear.”

The ice may melt quickly on Saturday afternoon and residents are reminded to be cautious about falling chunks of ice and branches.

The Innisfil Public Library is open on Saturday until 5:30 p.m. for any residents who need a warm place to stay or to charge their electronic devices.

Adjala woman charged after hitting dad in the face with ash shovel: cops

A 21-year-old Adjala-Tosorontio woman has been charged for allegedly attacking her father with an ash shovel Tuesday night.

She was arrested March 22 after police responded to an assault involving a weapon at the family’s home on the Mono Adjala-Tosorontio Townline.

Nottawasaga OPP Const. Harry Lawrenson said the woman, who lives at the home, took the ash shovel from the fireplace and hit her father in the face, causing his glasses to break.

He said one of the shards of glass cut his lip, but the injuries were minor and didn’t require medical treatment.

Lawrenson said the woman also had a knife in her hand but didn’t use it during the dispute.

The woman has been charged with assault, assault with a weapon and mischief.

She was scheduled to appear at a bail hearing today in Barrie.