Natural Disaster

Emergency situations – you must be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours. Here’s how.

Is Your Family Ready?

In the event of a disaster in your area, rescue services may take some time to lend a hand. You should be ready, you and your family, to cope with the first 72 hours of an emergency.

Learn today how quick and easy it is to prepare for a variety of emergencies, no matter when or where. Use this guide to make your emergency plan and use our checklist to create an emergency kit for the first 72 hours. The necessary measures presented will help you take care of yourself and your loved ones in case of emergency.

Step 1. Know The Risks

Although the consequences of different disasters may be similar, you can better prepare yourself if you know the risks specific to your area. Across the country, Canadians face a variety of hazards, counting seismic tremors in British Columbia, snowstorms in Nunavut, and tornadoes in Ontario. Notwithstanding cataclysmic events, there are different sorts of dangers, for example, control blackouts and mechanical or transport mishaps.

Some of the risks listed below may occur in your community. It may be helpful to determine which risks are most likely to happen in your area.

Step 2. Prepare A Plan

All homes need an emergency plan. This plan will help you and your family take appropriate action in case of an emergency. You will have to spent about 20 minutes to do your project.

Your family members may not be in the same place when an emergency occurs. Plan a way to meet or communicate with each other and discuss what you would do in different situations.

Use the following pages to prepare your plan. You already know a good deal of the information requested. However, it may be necessary to contact your municipality and your province or territory to obtain some information about their emergency plans. A list of emergency management organizations is available at the end of this guide.

Keep the guide in a place that is easy to find and remember (with your emergency kit, for example). You could also make copies of the plan and keep them in our vehicle and at your place of work. If you completed your program online, save an electronic version on your computer.

Neighborhood Security Plan

Get along with your neighbors so that everyone in the neighborhood is taken care of. Make “twinnings” to ensure that no one is left behind.

Register a reminder to update your emergency plan in one year.

By the same date next year, review the contact information, apply your emergency evacuation plans, change the smoke indicator and carbon monoxide locator batteries and recharge your unit. Change the batteries, nourishment, and water in your survival kits once per year.

Prepare a floor plan of your home showing all possible exits from each room: plan for the main door and another exit for each room. If you live in an apartment, plan not to use the elevator. If stairs can’t be used, inform emergency personnel in advance. Also, also expect at least one route to leave your neighborhood in case you need to move quickly (think of more than one option).


September 2022