Emergency Preparedness – Are you Prepared?

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Emergency Preparedness – Are you Prepared?

Government of Canada – Is your family prepared? (Website)

Did you know that in 95% of all emergencies, bystanders or victims themselves are the first to provide emergency assistance or to perform rescues.  In a major disaster, such as an earthquake or flood, communities and individules will need to be self sufficient for at least 72 hours as emergency personnel may become overwhelmed and possibly will not be able to provide immediate assistance to all in need.

Access to phones, gas, water, sewer and electrical services may be cut off and you will have to be self-sufficient for some time before assistance is available.  The sooner you prepare yourself, your home, and your family the more prepared you will be when a disaster strikes. Follow these basic steps to prepare you and your family.

  1. Identify the risks in your region
    Knowing the risks such as floods, earthquakes, landslides, disease will help you better plan for them.
  2. Prepare your family emergency plan
    Plan emergency exits from each room of your home.
    Plan your escape from your neighbourhood.
    Identify meeting places near and outside your neighbourhood.
    Identify an out of area person for family to contact.
  3. Assemble your emergency kit
    Prepare a basic emergency kit and make sure it includes supplies such as: water, food, flashlight, matches, candles, first aid kid, wind-up or battery operated radio, etc.
  4. Check emergency plans
    Ask your children’s school or daycare about their emergency plans or policies.
    Find out about the emergency plans at your workplace.
  5. Practice as a family at least once a year
    Show each member of the family how to turn off the water, electricity, and gas in your home.Practice evacuation from your home.