Get ready, get set, get out: disaster preparedness in a bag

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Kate Aley

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As the Pontiac watches epic levels of flooding in both New Brunswick and B.C. and considers our own possible return to inundation, it's time to let paranoia rear its helpful head and get ready to get out of the house. The concept behind having a so-called Go Bag is to have ready everything you might need to survive, out-of-doors, for about 72 hours... until help arrives or the zombies get you.

After the Ft. McMurray fires, I succumbed to my cringing inner fears and prepared a four-person Go Bag, also known as a Bug-Out Bag. Basically, this should contain all the vital components you may not have time to get together if there is ever a need to get the pets into the cages and flee before waves, flames, lava or something worse.

Here is what I got:

Some Like It Not Freezing: three dollar fleece blankets from Giant Tiger.

Feet and backs: six dollar socks from Home Hardware and seventy-five cent fleece sweaters from the Maison de la Famille.

Heads and hands: a selection of unpopular gloves and hats from our massive Bin of Gloves And Hats.

Gimme shelter: mid-sized tarp, selection of bungee cords and emergency ponchos.

Warmth and wounds: first aid and fire-lighters. To be added: flashlights and maybe flares.

Food and drink: I sure hope everyone likes trail mix.

So small, so important: the backup hard drive. To be added: scans of passports, drivers licenses, health cards and maybe the Will.

Okay, that's heavy: the assembled Go Bag. Perfect for placing calmly in the back of the Hyundai; not so much for a 1812-retreat-from-Moscow-style overland slog.

Thinking of making your own Go Bag? There are plenty of resources on-line, in varying degrees of terrified anticipation of the Apocalypse, such as:

  www.getprepared.gc.ca

  www.bugoutbagacademy.com

  www.enterprisecommunity.org

Use your common sense is my suggestion.

Get ready; good luck.

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Free art classes for the municipality: meet the teachers

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Thanks to the generosty of the Municipality of Pontiac, four art classes are being offered to our community, absolutely free of charge. Details of the classes can be found in your fall activities bulletin, delivered in your mail box last week. Pontiac2020.ca interviewed the four teachers to find out more about the classes and the artists.

100 Homes in Pontiac Hit by Devastating Tornado Plowing Across Outaouais Region

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Thomas Soulière

It was one minute after five o’clock on Friday afternoon when the tornado that made landfall 9 kilometers away in Dunrobin, Ontario crossed Route 148 in the Breckenridge sector of the Municipality of Pontiac.

A Tale of Two Approaches

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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady

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The MRC des Collines de Gatineau is comprised of 7 municipalities. The smallest Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette is small enough to be exempt from complying with the Provincial Residuals Strategy. The two most densely populated, Cantley and Chelsea, have respectively 83 and 60 people per square kilometre. These two municipalities also have the highest median household income by a considerable margin.

When you live in a place without curbs, does it make sense to have ‘curbside’ collection of compost?

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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady


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The Québec residual materials management strategy includes a progressive reduction and eventually a “ban” of organic material from municipal landfills by 2020.  Municipalities who comply with the policy are eligible for funding to help offset the costs.   The Municipality of Pontiac has responded by passing a resolution to initiate door to door collection with costs paid for by the residents. 

Fun for all: new play equipment at Onslow Elementary

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Kate Aley

If you hear a higher pitch of childhood enjoyment coming from the Onslow Elementary School playground at break time, it's probably due to the exciting new playground equipment installed there last week. Pontiac2020.ca asked Home and School committee representative Stacy Johnston for some details.

Pontiac Community Gym hopes to open by end of year

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Kate Aley

Despite some setbacks and delays, work continues on the building on Clarendon Street that will house the Pontiac Community Gym. Coordinator Rachelle Dinelle gave Pontiac2020.ca an update.

Dedicated volunteer recognized with Governor General's medal

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Luskville's Hélène Belisle (above) has been an extraordinary force for good in the Pontiac for decades. She has served as councilor for the Municipality of Pontiac, as a school board commissioner for the Commission scolaire des portages-de-l'Outaouais (CSPO), instigated and still facilitates the breakfast club at Notre Dame-de-la-Joie in Luskville, all while operating her own small business, Salon Chez Hélène. On September 11, Belisle was awarded the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, which recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians through the office of the Governor General of Canada.

Lacing up for the 2018 Terry Fox Run

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Kate Aley

September brings many things, among them cooler weather, fall fairs and the Terry Fox Run.

Regional coordinater John Petty is once again chasing the elusive goal of having 200 participants at this years run on Sunday, September 16.

Petty, along with his late wife Betty and legendary friend Rick Valin, has been facilitating the run practically since there was one.

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