An emergency could occur at anytime, and in many different ways. Severe weather, power outage, fire, gas leak or flooding are just a few examples of the type of emergency that we all need to be prepared for.
Being aware of the potential situations and how to be prepared for them is important. This involves knowing the risks, creating an emergency plan, and preparing a kit to help you and your family be self-sufficient for a period of up to 72 hours. Please watch our emergency preparedness video to learn more about how to best protect yourself and your family in the event of an emergency.
While it may not be possible to be prepared for every risk, knowing the ones that have the potential to occur in your area are important. To find out the potential risks for your area, please visit GetPrepared.ca.
Once you know the risks, you’ll be in a better position to devise an appropriate emergency plan. Be sure to include these basic items:
- • Safe exits from your home and neighbourhood
- • Meeting places to reunite with family members or roommates
- • Designated person to pick up children should you be unavailable
- • Contact persons near-by or out-of-town
- • Health information
- • Location of your fire extinguisher, water valve, electrical box, gas valve and floor drain
Once your emergency plan is ready, you can build an emergency preparedness kit. Some items you may already have such as a flashlight, battery operated radio, food and water. As a minimum, your kit should contain:
- • Water – two liters of water per person per day (Small bottles recommended) – replace water every six months
- • Food – Canned food, dried food, energy bars – replace food every year
- • Manual can opener
- • Flashlight and batteries
- • Battery or Wind-up Radio
- • First Aid Kit
- • Special Needs Items – Such as prescription medications, baby formula, etc.
- • Extra Keys for car and house
- • Cash – small bills, change for payphones
- • Copy of your Emergency Preparedness Plan
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