Every Canadian household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. Remember, your family may not be together when disaster occurs. Plan how to meet or contact one another and discuss what you would do in different situations.
Use the following suggestions to create your plan. Keep your plan in an easy to find, easy to remember place. You might also want to make a photocopy of this plan and keep it in your car and / or at work.
Learn about first aid. You could save a life. Along with making emergency plans and preparing an emergency kit, knowing first aid could save a life. Contact your local Red Cross or St. John Ambulance to find out about first aid courses offered in your area.
Plan emergency exits from each room of your home. Try to think of two possibilities for each room. If you live in an apartment, do not plan to use the elevators. Also, identify an escape route from your neighbourhood in case you are ordered to evacuate. Identify safe places where everyone should meet if they have to leave home during an emergency.
Make copies of important certificates, passports, licences, wills, land deeds and insurance. Keep them in a safe place inside your home. As well, keep copies in a safe place outside your home. You might want to put them in a safety deposit box or give them to friends and family who live out of town.
Ensure your home has a working carbon monoxide detector, smoke detector and fire extinguisher. If you live in an apartment or are staying in a hotel, know where the fire alarms are located. Everyone in the household should know how to use the fire extinguisher, and how to turn off your home's water, electricity and gas.
What is your children's school or daycare emergency policy? Find out how they will communicate with families during an emergency. What type of authorization does the school or daycare require to release your children to a designated person if you can't pick them up yourself. Ensure contact information for parents, caregivers and designated persons is up-to-date.
SPECIAL HEALTH NEEDS
Ensure your plan includes a list of medical conditions, medications and medical supplies. Remember that pharmacies may be closed for some time, even after an emergency is over.
List your family doctor(s).
Pets may not be allowed in some public shelters or hotels because of health regulations. Some people might be allergic to and/or frightened by your pet(s). Include Pet food and water in your emergency kit.
Work with your neighbours to make sure everyone is taken care of in your neighbourhood. Identify people who might need extra help during an emergency.
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
Keep your personal emergency contacts up to date and program the numbers into your home and/or cell phones. List local emergency numbers, non-emergency numbers and out of town contacts.