The week of May 7-11, 2007 is designated as Provincial Emergency Preparedness Week. The theme this year is "Personal Preparedness. Is your family prepared?"
"Know the Risks"
You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum or 72 hours. Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to your region can help you prepare yourself better. In additional to natural disasters there are other types of risks such as blackouts, industrial or transportation accidents and the possibility of acts of terrorism on Canadian soil. If a disaster happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in desperate need. By taking a few simple steps today, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies.
"Make a Plan"
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 a disaster occurs. Plan how to meet or contact one another and discuss what you would do in different situations. Your household plan should include escape routes, emergency exits, meeting places, both near and away from your immediate neighbourhood as well as a plan for your pets.
"Prepare a Kit"
In an emergency you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. You may have some of the items already, such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water and blankets. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Make sure your kit is easy to carry. Keep it in a backpack, duffel bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place. Make sure everyone in the household knows where the emergency kit is.