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Home Emergency Plan

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Home Emergency Plan

Public safety begins at home. Each individual is responsible for his or her safety, and the well-being of their family. In our day-to-day living, disasters may seem a distant possibility. Yet disaster can strike any community at any time. If you are not prepared for a disaster, it can shatter your life. Expect the unexpected and plan for it. Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do before, during and after an emergency. 

You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for up to three days in the event of an emergency or disaster. There are five steps to emergency planning for your family:

  • Identify the risks
  • Prepare your emergency plan
  • Assemble your emergency kits
  • Check other emergency plans
  • Practice at least once a year

 

The Risks

To be prepared for an emergency you need to be aware of the possible risks and hazards in your community. Consider natural disasters such as earthquakes as well as technological failures such as power outages and deliberate acts like terrorism. You may find it helpful to prepare a list of the risks you are most likely to face and think about how they might affect your family.

 

Your Emergency Plan

Emergencies often strike too quickly to allow you to choose a shelter or pack an emergency kit, so prepare a list of what to do at home, school or work if a disaster strikes. Divide up tasks so that every member of your household participates as much as possible. Write down the details and make sure everybody has a copy. You can find useful help online for making your own emergency plan.

 

Your Emergency Kit

Build your emergency kit. It can help you and your family be prepared. Keep it in an easily accessible location known to all family members.

 

Other Emergency Plans

Get familiar with other emergency plans. Your Township has one, and so do your children's schools, your place of work, church, and local industries.

 

Practice your Plan at Least Once a Year

It sounds simple, but you and your family should practice your emergency plan at least once a year. As a family, you might want to review the risks to your home and surrounding area. Discuss together the different options for evacuating your house and neighbourhood.