Does Your Family Have a Disaster Plan?

Most people are very lucky to not have to experience a disaster like a flood or fire, but it is important to be prepared in the event of an unexpected disaster or emergency. When disaster strikes, you may not always be together or able to help each other so its important for families (especially those with small children) to have a disaster plan ready. Sit down with your family/ household members and prepare an emergency response and disaster plan. Identify responsibilities, roles, and a step by step safety procedure.

Plan Ahead:

What if you’re separated from your household members in the event of an emergency? Determine two meeting places. It’s important to keep in mind that each emergency should be approached differently, fires, floods and home invasions all require different disaster plans.

Being prepared can save lives. Canada faces a number of hazards such as flooding in various provinces across the country, earthquakes in British Columbia, Tornados in Ontario, and Blizzards in our northern provinces, like Nunavut. Beyond the risks of natural disasters, many people face power outages and industrial transportation accidents. In any case, it’s a good idea to have a disaster plan ready for your family. Work with your neighbors to identify people who might need extra help in an emergency and help each other out. Make sure everyone in the neighborhood is taken care of and assign “Block buddies” in an emergency.

  • In the case of a fire or sudden emergency, choose a place right outside your home.
  • If you cannot return to your home or are asked to evacuate, choose a place outside your neighborhood.
  • Choose an out of area emergency contact person and make sure that every household member knows how to contact this person.
  • If you must evacuate, have a plan of where your would go, for example, hotel, motel, friends’, family etc…
  • Practice your emergency plan with your family twice a year
  • Plan out emergency exits routes in your home

A disaster plan goes beyond escape routes and evacuation procedures in many cases, you might be trapped in your home, sometimes without running water or electricity. To properly prepare yourself for events such as these, get some basic supplies today and be prepared to rely on these supplies for at least 72 hours. Here are some things you may consider packing in your emergency supply kit:

  • Non perishable food,
  • Water
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Dry clothes
  • Blankets
  • Matches

Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. A Disaster plan works best if everyone is on the same page so sit down with your family and house-mates to determine a strategy that works best for everyone. Being prepared in an emergency can safe lives and prevent injuries so protect your family from natural disasters and emergency situations.

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