Emergency Preparedness for Your Family
Each year, thousands of people face emergency situations that could change their lives forever. Don't be caught off-guard. Know the hazards in your area. Take the time to create a Home Emergency Plan and assemble your Emergency Kit and one Grab-and-Go Bag for each member of your household.
Make a Plan
An emergency plan is your playbook in the event of an emergency. Knowing that you have taken time to consider what you might need, where to go, and who to contact for help can help to reduce anxiety, keep you focused and safe.
During an emergency, you and your family could be on your own for an extended period of time. Emergency services may not be readily available, as increasing demands are placed on responders. Therefore, it may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in most critical need. As well, access to phones, gas, water, sewer, and electrical services may be cut off. Learning how to be personally prepared is vital.
Building an Emergency Kit
Make sure you have a Grab-and-Go Bag/Kit ready and understand the types of evacuation notification messaging
This is now really the time, if you did not get to it earlier, to get prepared to leave your home on short notice. Get your grab-and-go bags/kit ready and close to an exit door (which should include several days of clothing, toiletries and medications), your emergency plan, copies of important documents and important mementos.
Leave the area immediately. Follow the directions of local first responders and/or emergency officials and evacuate using the route(s) they’ve identified. Do not return home until you’ve been advised that the Evacuation Order has been rescinded/lifted.
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For information about how to organize a Personal Emergency Preparedness briefing for your community or neighborhood, call our office (250-334-8890).
Register for Emergency Notifications
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