Household Emergency Plan
Emergencies can happen when we least expect them, and often when household members are not together. Suddenly, you need to think about their whereabouts. If you have children in school or elderly parents across town, you will want a plan in place to connect and know they are safe. If phones don't work, or some neighbourhoods aren't accessible, what will you do?
Get household members together and prepare a household emergency plan. The Government of Canada has produced a video on how to prepare your household members. Your Emergency Preparedness Guide from the Government of Canada can also be a useful tool.
The North Shore Emergency Management Office recommends to be prepared for at least 72 hours, preferably a week. We also recommend that your plan includes:
- Know the Hazards in your region.
- Know and practice all possible safe exits from home and alternate routes out of the neighbourhood.
- Create meeting places to reunite with family and loved ones. Identify two places to meet. One right outside your home and another outside your community, such as a library, community center, or place of worship. Make sure everyone knows the address and phone number of your second meeting place.
- Identify a friend to pick up children should you be unavailable.
- Create Out of Area Contact Cards for each family member. The Out of Area Contact Cards should list an out of area contact. In an emergency the local phone lines will be overloaded, this out of area contact number may be easier to call.
- Social media sites will be a great way to get information out to family members during and after an emergency.
- Create Emergency Kits and Grab and Go Bags. These should have copies of health, insurance, and other important information.
- Have a plan in place for your pets.
- Note the location of your fire extinguisher, water valve, electrical panel, gas valve, and floor drain.
- Practice your plan with all household members. Ensure that each member has a copy of the household plan.
- Familiarize yourself with emergency plans for your workplace, school, child's school or daycare, and other relevant institutions.
Don't let your household be caught without a plan. A household emergency plan can help to save lives!
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