Emergency officials work to ensure the readiness of our communities, municipalities and province in an emergency event. However, we as individuals also have a responsibility to ensure our own safety and that of our family. If you are without electricity for a couple of days, or weeks, do you have the supplies needed to see you through? Do you have a household emergency plan outlining exit routes from your home and your neighbourhood? Emergencies can be stressful, but if you take the time now to prepare yourself and your family you will be better able to cope. Being prepared means:
- knowing the risks
- developing a plan
- preparing a kit
Know the Risks
Knowing the risks in your community or region can help you to be better prepared when an emergency occurs. Some of the risks we face are seasonal such as winter storms, flooding, wildfires and hurricanes. Other risks include industrial incidents, transportation and infrastructure accidents.
- Winter Storms
- Power Failures
- Storm Surges
- Becoming Lost
Develop a Plan
Having a plan in place to deal with emergencies will help provide piece of mind for you and your family. Your plan will provide you with direction on what to do when an emergency strikes. Some things you will need to consider in developing your plan include risks in your region and special health and/or mobility needs.
Your Plan Should Include:
- The location of your fire extinguisher, water valve, electrical box, gas valve and floor drain.
- The location of your household emergency kit and evacuation go kit.
- Emergency and family contacts.
- A place to meet or instructions on how to contact one another should your family not be together when the emergency strikes.
- A designated person to pick up your children should you be unavailable.
- Your Plan Should Also Address What To Do in the Event that You Have to Evacuate:
- If instructed to do so, know how to turn off your gas and water and ensure that your home is securely locked.
- Identify safe exits from your home and neighbourhood.
- Plan for alternate travel routes in the event of flooding or blocked roads.
- Identify a place for the family to stay, such as an evacuation centre or a friend’s or family’s home.
- In the event that you must evacuate be sure to register at the designated evacuation centre to maintain contact with local family or loved ones.
- If planning to stay at an evacuation centre be sure to indentify an alternate place for your pet to stay. Many evacuation centres don’t accommodate pets.
- Have contact numbers for your out-of-town relatives to let them know your whereabouts.