Preparing for an Emergency

Each year, thousands of Canadian families face emergency situations that could change their lives forever. Don’t be caught off-guard!

The Plan is Simple!

1. Identify the Risks

Prepare a list of the most common risks in your region and learn about the possible consequences of those risks. (The Government of Canada’s Disaster Database or Natural Hazards of Canada may be helpful.)

Then, walk around your house and identify dangers like heavy pictures hung loosely, toxic products, etc. Take any necessary corrective steps to secure your possessions and your home.

2. Prepare your Family Emergency Plan

Choose an out-of-area contact, someone each member of the family can call or e-mail in case of an emergency. This person can help family members stay in touch and get back together if they are separated. Be sure to pick someone who is far enough away so as not to be affected by the same situation.

Decide on temporary accommodation — such as a friend’s place or hotel — where you can stay for a few days in case you are evacuated. This may also be where you will meet if you are separated during a disaster. When choosing your shelter, remember that bridges may be out and roads may be blocked. (Don’t forget to plan for your pets — they are not always welcome in emergency shelters or hotels.)

3. Practice as a Family at Least Once a Year

An emergency can happen anytime, anywhere. Practice often helps people feel less disoriented and better organized in case of a disaster — even in the middle of the night or the middle of winter.

For more information regarding emergency preparedness visit getprepared.gc.ca.