VIDEO: Making a Family Emergency Plan (canada.ca)
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Disasters can strike at any time.
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Often without warning.
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The best way to help ensure your family or household's safety in any of these situations is to have an emergency plan.
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In this video, we will look at three different emergency situations.
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In the first, flooding threatens your home while you and the members of your household are not there.
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If going home isn't possible, you'll need a simple way to contact and meet one another.
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Decide in advance on a safe place to meet like a community centre, library, or school.
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If possible, use non-voice channels like text messaging, email, or social media, as these use less bandwidth than voice communications and may work even when phone service has been disrupted.
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If you must use a phone, keep your conversation brief, and convey only vital information.
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If you have children, know the school or daycare's emergency policies — and make sure you share the name of a designated person to pick them up in case you cannot.
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Be honest and straight-forward when talking to your kids about emergencies and include them in the creation of your emergency plan.
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Teach them their basic contact information in case they get separated from you. Make sure that they know who to call if they need help, like 9-1-1, your local emergency number, or another trusted adult.
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In our second situation, you are together at home when a severe storm occurs.
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In this case, listen to the radio or television, or go online for information from local authorities.
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Follow their instructions. They may advise you to turn utilities off or leave them connected.
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It's important that everyone in the household know the location of your home's various utility components and fire extinguishers, as well as how they work.
(Emergency items appear – images of a radio, a blanket, water bottles, a first aid kit, a flashlight, cans of food, a fire extinguisher, an electric lamp, medicine, and a utility knife.)
Each family member should also know the location of your household emergency kits.
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In our third situation, a powerful wildfire is approaching, and you are advised to evacuate.
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Everyone should know your home's safe exits and meeting places, and the location of your grab-and-go emergency kits.
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Identify kennels or friends' homes where your pets can be taken in an emergency.
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Elderly family members or those with limited abilities or special needs should also be a part of your plan.
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List the medications and supplies they may need in the event of an evacuation and any information caregivers will require. If they live alone arrange for a friend or neighbour to check in on them or help them evacuate.
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Make sure you have easy access to essential documents and pictures of your household members. Keep copies of birth certificates, passports, wills, and insurance information in a safe location that is easy to get to.
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Having a plan is also part of being a responsible community member.
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Local authorities will react as quickly as they can, but they can't reach everyone at once. Being prepared allows first responders to help those in urgent need first.
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Learn about the emergencies that could happen where you live and plan for situations that are more likely to occur.
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So, do your part! Take 20 minutes and create your household emergency plan today.
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With a little preparation, you can be ready for anything!
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Get started at Getprepared.ca.
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By definition, emergencies happen when we don't expect them, and often when families are not together. Suddenly, you need to think about your kids at school or elderly parents across town. If phones don't work, or some neighbourhoods aren't accessible, what will you do?
To get started, let's look at one of three scenarios.
Scenario 1: You and your family are separated
In an emergency, you'll need a simple way to contact and meet one another if going home isn't possible. Decide, in advance, on a safe place to meet like a community centre or school.
The phone can help too. Long distance calls may work better than local ones, so select a couple of out-of-town contacts who can help your family communicate and find each other. Let them know about your plan and how they can help.
Of course, children are a big concern. If they're in school or day care, they will need to be picked-up. Know the school and daycare's emergency policies and if you can't pick up the kids, designate someone who can.
And talk to your kids about your Family Emergency Plan. Teach them basic personal information so they can identify themselves if they become separated from you and who to call like, your local emergency number, to get help.
Scenario 2: You are together at home
In this case, listen to the radio for information from local authorities and follow their instructions. They may advise to turn utilities off or on so it's important to know the location of your home's water valve, electrical panel, gas valve and floor drain. Make sure everyone also knows the location of your family emergency kit and fire extinguisher.
Scenario 3: You have to evacuate
Everyone should know your home's safe exits and best places to go. And remember your pets, who may not be allowed in shelters or hotels. Identify kennels or friends' homes where they can go in an emergency.
Elderly family members or those with disabilities or special needs should also be a part of your plan. List the medications and supplies they may need in the event of evacuation and any information care-givers will require. If they live alone, ask a friend or neighbour to check in on them or help them evacuate.
In addition to your plan, documents will help you stay organized. Make copies of birth certificates, passports, wills, and insurance info.
These documents, along with photos of your family members, should be kept at work, or other safe locations.
Having a plan is also part of being a responsible community member
Local authorities will react swiftly, but they can't reach everyone at once. Being prepared allows these responders to help those in urgent need first.
Do your part! Learn about the emergencies that can happen where you live and plan for situations that are more likely to occur.
Take 20 minutes today and create your family emergency plan.