Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week is an annual event that takes place during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces, territories and partners. The emergency preparedness initiative is to prepare families to face a range of emergencies through three simple steps. Step 1: know the risks, Step 2: Make a plan and Step 3: Get an emergency kit.
Step 1: Know the Risks
It is important to know the risks in your region to help you and your family better prepare for these emergencies.
Step 2: Make a Plan
Making a plan is an important part of being prepared for different emergencies. Once a plan is complete, make copies and ensure that it is kept in a memorable and safe place. The plan should indicate emergency exits both in the house and around the neighborhood. A designated family meeting area is also important to have. The plan should also be mindful of school’s emergency policies and ensure help for people with disabilities. Along with updated contact information, each plan should also include an out of town contact. Once a plan is complete it is important to practice and review the plan at least once a year.
Step 3: Get an Emergency Kit
There are different options for having an emergency kit. An emergency kit can be made using recommended materials or can be ordered or purchased in stores. You must remember that there are different kits for first aid, cars, and emergency preparedness. Although kits differ most recommend supplies to last up to or over 72 hours. They also include items such as: water (2L per person/ per day), non-perishable food, flashlights, radio, batteries, can opener if needed, first aid supplies and other items that will ensure you are kept warm (clothing and blankets). Other items could be cash and copies of important identification, including health cards. Emergency Preparedness Kits can be purchased at local retailers or online at www.sja.ca or www.redcross.ca
For more information on how to be prepared visit: www.getprepared.gc.ca