Personal Emergency Preparedness

Personal Emergency Preparedness

Everyone should be prepared to take care of themselves and their families for up to three days in the event of an emergency or disaster. No community is equipped to handle all the demands of a catastrophe so you can help your community by preparing yourself.

What is Emergency Preparedness?

It is the process of planning ahead for disaster situations. It involves taking the necessary steps to ensure that you and your family can sustain yourselves for a minimum of 72 hours should you be cut off from outside aid.

How Can I Prepare for a Disaster?

There are many things you can do to prepare for a disaster. One of the best things is to create an emergency survival kit and keep it in an easily accessible area. You should also make a family emergency plan and practice it often to ensure that everyone (even young children) know what to do when disaster strikes.

Steps to Building A Personal Emergency Plan

Public Safety Canada has developed an Emergency Preparedness Guide to assist you in doing this; however, before you begin, take a few moments to consider the possible emergency situations or potential disasters you could face. These are situations and events that could impact you, your family or your neighbourhood or community. You may want to consider helping your neighbours do the same, especially those who are elderly or disabled. If you or members of your family have special needs or disabilities Emergency Management Ontario has developed an Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Special Needs and Disabilities to also help you in your planning.