Getting Prepared

Personal Preparedness

Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighbourhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if you did not have water, gas, electricity or telephones after a major emergency? To ensure the safety and well-being of you and your family, you should prepare now to take care of your own basic needs for at least the first 72 hours (link to list in preparedness) following a major disaster.

If a disaster strikes, remember to:

  • Remain calm and patient. Put your plan into action.
  • Listen to your battery-powered radio or television for news and instructions from local authorities.
  • Evacuate, if advised to do so. Wear season appropriate protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
  • Use flashlights. Do not use matches, lighters or turn on electrical switches.
  • Call your family contact
  • Check on your neighbours, especially elderly or disabled persons.
  • Make sure you have an adequate water supply in case water service is cut off.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • Confine or secure your pet.

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