News of emergencies like the flooding in Manitoba and Quebec or the earthquakes in Japan have captured the attention of many Canadians and my heart goes out to all those dealing with emergencies in their community. More than ever, I’m aware of the lack of preparation taken by Canadians for emergencies.
We live in a vast country – the second largest in land mass - consisting of 9,984,670 square Kilometres. Canada’s so diverse that every region has different emergencies to be aware of. Check what you should be prepared for in your region and understand what you can do to mitigate some of the risks of emergencies.
The Government of Canada recommends we take three steps to being more prepared for any emergencies that may occur.
1. Know your risks:
What are the emergencies that can occur where you live? There are many things you can do to help mitigate damage to your home. No matter where you are, it’s probably a good idea to speak with your insurance broker to understand what you’re covered for in case anything does happen.
2. Make an emergency plan
A plan will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency, including what to do and where to meet up. Everyone in your family should know what to do during an emergency and the actions to take after.
3. Get an emergency kit
Keep basic supplies like non-perishable food and water. A kit should also include flashlights, batteries and a wind-up radio.
You should be prepared for at least 72 hours on your own before emergency crews can get to you.
What’s in your emergency kit?