Be Prepared. What to do before emergencies strike.

In Canada and around the world we face severe weather, other natural hazards, and health and safety risks. Emergency preparedness should begin well before these emergencies happen.

The Government of Canada suggests you should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours during an emergency and provides guidance on how to assemble your own basic 72-hour emergency kit, or where you can buy one.

In addition to your emergency kit, it’s also best to have family emergency plan. This takes a small amount of time to prepare – as little as 20 minutes – but can save you from a lot of confusion and allow you to act quickly in the case of an emergency. Things to think about for you plan include:

  • Safe exits from home and neighbourhood
  • Meeting places to reunite with family or roommates
  • Designated person to pick up children should you be unavailable
  • Contact persons close-by and out-of-town
  • Health and insurance information
  • Places for your pet to stay
  • Risks in your region
  • Location of your fire extinguisher, water valve, electrical panel, gas valve and floor drain

In addition to general emergency preparedness, it’s important to find out about risks specific to your region and how to prepare for those situations. The Government of Canada provides a list of “What to do” before a number of different types of emergencies.

It’s also a good idea to make sure your insurance covers the most common risks for your region. The Insurance Bureau of Canada provides helpful emergency preparedness information, and you should also check with your own insurance provider.

Downloading the Alertable App for you iOS or Android smartphone is also an important addition to your emergency preparedness. Since Alertable is connected to the national public alerting system – Alert Ready – and other sources of emergency alert information, it’s the best way to be alerted when an emergency happens, so you can put your emergency plan in action.

Take care. Be prepared.

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