Prepare for an Emergency

Whether it’s a winter storm, flood or fire, you never know when you will be faced with an emergency. Being prepared can help keep you safe and assist in helping you to better manage the situation.   

During an emergency, it’s important to have a plan that has been agreed upon by family and friends. This includes a communication plan, familiarity with documents and a strategy if you cannot stay in your home.

Tips for Creating an Emergency Plan

  • Choose a friend or family member who does not live with you as a
    contact in an emergency. This person should also be accessible by
    your family members.
  • Create an emergency box that includes a flashlight, batteries,
    non-perishable food items, pet food, medical information, extra
    medicine, an inventory of your valuables and basic documentation
    you might need.
  • Prepare your home seasonally. This includes planning for power
    outages, water advisories, floods and heat waves.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on a regular basis.
  • Practice fire drills. This is particularly important with children.
  • Duplicate important documents including passports, birth certificates,
    Social Insurance cards, etc. Keep copies off-site – such as in a safety
    deposit box or as digital copies.