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If the events of the last week or so have shown anything it’s that we should be prepared to look after ourselves for some time during an emergency.

Many on the Avalon have had it much worse than in the rest of the province, but it should still be a warning to all of us to be prepared.

Time and time again officials warn that every home should have an emergency kit packed and ready to use in times of emergency.

Most of us hear that advice and think we will never need to invest the time and a little money gathering up items that could save our families from further misery in times when the power goes, or we get left stranded by a blizzard.

Now we know different.

How many of us over the last few difficult days have been left without even as much as a working flashlight or a candle during one of the rotating blackouts?

This spate of misery may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean it can’t occur again — especially when we are told the load on the power system is growing and we won’t get a full reprieve until the Muskrat Falls power comes to the island in 2017.

That leaves three years when any kind of trouble can descend on residents of the province again.

There are websites available that have all kinds of advice about what should be included in an emergency kit for the home so now is the time to go surfing — for information that is.

Better safe than sorry.

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