Emergency Preparedness

Every Canadian household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency.

Your family may not be together when an emergency occurs. Plan how to meet or how to contact one another, and discuss what you would do in different situations.

It only takes 20 minutes to complete a personalized plan online. You can then print it out.  Most of this information can be filled out on your own.  You may need to get some information from your municipality.  To complete your emergency plan online, visit the <<Make an emergency plan>> page from the GetPrepared.ca website.

To fill out your home emergency plan, you will need to think about the following:

  • Safe exists from home and neighbourhood
  • Meeting places to reunite with family or roommates
  • Designated person to pick up children should you be unavailable
  • Contact persons close-by and out-of- town
  • Special Health needs
  • Place for your pet to stay
  • Risks in your region
  • Location of your fire extinguisher, water valve, electrical box, gas valve and floor drain

Basic Emergency kit:

  • Water – at least two litres of water per person per day. Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order
  • Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (Replace food and water once a year)
  • Manual can opener
  • Crank or battery-powered flashlight (an extra batteries)
  • Crank or battery powered radio (and extra batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Extra keys to your car and house
  • Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones
  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
  • Special items such as prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities or food, water and medication for your pets or service animal (personalize your kit according to your needs).