Emergency Preparedness Sheet

There are a number of precautions individuals can take to ensure their well-being and to help others in an emergency:

  • Always keep a battery-powered radio, flashlight and spare batteries on hand. In many emergencies telephone lines and power may be the first thing to go and a radio will be your only link with the outside world.
  • Make sure that you know how and where to turn off your utilities (e.g. gas, water, electricity).
  • If you use medication or specialized medical equipment (e.g. inhalers, eyeglasses, hearing aid batteries, etc.) make sure you have an extra supply on hand at all times.
  • Always keep on hand an emergency survival kit containing food, sleeping bags, medication, first-aid kit & bottled water. Rotate food and water to ensure freshness.
  • Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers (e.g. fire, police, ambulance, poison control, etc.) posted in a prominent place.
  • Take a first-aid course either through the Red Cross or St.John Ambulance.
  • If you ever have to evacuate your home make sure you have an evacuation kit containing a flashlight, radio & batteries, important papers, identification and cash, medication, mobility aids, clothes, sleeping bag and food.
  • In an emergency use the telephone only if absolutely necessary. Chances are emergency crews will need all available lines.

If You Live On Your Own

  • Get to know your neighbours. Explain that in an emergency you may not be able to get out of your house or attend to your medical needs.
  • Get someone to check on you during an emergency. Ideally you should make these arrangements with more than one neighbour so that there is always someone available, night or day, to check on you should an emergency occur.
  • If you are working or if you do some form of volunteer work, familiarize yourself with your employer's or your volunteer agency's emergency plan. Make arrangements with co-workers for any special help you may need.

If you have impaired mobility, hearing or vision the above advice is double important.

Anyone who would like more self-help advice on what to do to prepare for emergencies, or who would like to play a more active part in community emergency planning are advised to contact their municipal emergency planning officer Elaine @ # 248-3232 for further information.

Your Emergency Preparedness Guide - "72 Hours, Is Your Family Prepared?" is available at the town office.

Source: Emergency Preparedness Canada

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