Think about a major storm, flood, or chemical spill. This type of disaster could affect water supply, or cut electricity and phone service for days. What would you do to keep you and your family safe? Being prepared can make this type of situation less stressful for you and your family.
Here are some ideas that will help you to be prepared in the event of an emergency:
- Check out the Emergency Preparedness e-book on GetPrepared.ca such as the 72-hour kit. This Government of Canada website includes information, links, checklists, videos and more. Download a copy now for your e-reader so you have this useful information at your fingertips.
- Sign up for Safety Tips. Public Safety Canada emails monthly safety tips about emergency preparedness to subscribers. They are also posted on GetPrepared.ca. Already signed up? Send safety tip sign-up information to a friend!
- Check out your supplies at home. Do you have a flashlight? Extra batteries? Have a look at this emergency kit list, and place items in an easy to carry bag. Keep the bag in a convenient spot, ideally near the main exit of your home.
- Talk to your kids about emergencies. Your kids might be wondering what you're up to as you assemble emergency supplies. Take a few minutes to involve them in your planning. Talk to children about different kinds of emergencies, show them videos, and get the conversation going.
- Check out the Canadian Disaster Database. Want to know what disasters have happened in your region over the years? Knowing what can happen is a good first step in the right direction.
- Make a Plan. It takes only a few minutes. What would you do if there's an emergency in your neighbourhood and your family isn't together? Where will you meet if your cell phones don't work? You can complete a plan online at GetPrepared.ca.
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