Preparing for Emergencies

Know the Risks

Natural hazards can vary in severity but knowing what to do is an important part of being prepared. Find out about risks in your area and how to prepare for different situations. You should also be aware that other hazards can trigger emergencies such as bomb threats, chemical spills or infectious disease outbreaks.

Make a Plan 

Emergencies happen when we don't expect them, and often when families are not together. Suddenly, you need to think about your kids at school or elderly parents across town. If phones don't work, or some neighbourhoods aren't accessible, creating a plan will help you save time and manage the situation.

Get a Kit

In an emergency, you will need some basic supplies. You may need to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

You may have some of the necessary items already, such as food, water and a batteryoperated or wind-up flashlight. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find.  It's your responsibility to start gathering supplies and start thinking about what your family will need. This Emergency Kit Check List may help you better prepare. 

For more information about planning for an emergency, check out the Government of Canada Emergency Preparedness Guide.

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