What if an emergency should happen in the community? Are you prepared? It may take emergency workers time to get to you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. By taking 3 simple steps today, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies - anytime, anywhere.
# 1: KNOW the Risks Knowing the risks in your region can help you better prepare. In addition to natural disasters, there are other types of risks, such as power outages and industrial or transportation accidents. What are the risks in Southgate? Potential risks include:
# 2: Make a PLAN An emergency plan will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. It only takes 20 minutes to complete a personalized plan online. You can then print it out. Most of this information can be filled out on your own. You may need to get some information from your municipality. To fill out your home emergency plan, you will need to think about:
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
Special health needs
Place for your pet to stay
Risks in your region
Location of your fire extinguisher, water valve, electrical box, gas valve and floor drain
Keep this document in an easy to find, easy to remember place (for example, with your emergency kit). Photocopy this plan and keep it in your car and/or at work.
# 3: PREPARE an Emergency Kit In an emergency you will need some basic supplies. Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone knows where it is. Keep it in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front-hall closet. In addition to the 72 hour kit, consider other kits for seniors/special needs, your pets, your vehicle and having a grab and go bag in case you have to leave your home on short notice.