Natural disasters like floods, wildfires, and severe storms are becoming more frequent and intense due to climate change. Being prepared can help you stay safe when emergencies occur. The Government of Canada’s Get Prepared website provides useful tips and resources to help Canadians get ready for disasters.
Know the risks in your area. Different parts of Canada face different hazards. Learn about the types of emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, including floods, wildfires, winter storms, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Understanding local risks can help you better prepare.
Make an emergency plan. Sit down with your family to decide what you will do in different emergency situations. Decide on meeting places, designate an out-of-town contact, and identify evacuation routes. Have a plan for pets and people with mobility issues or medical needs. Post your plan in an area where everyone can see it.
Build an emergency kit. Your kit should contain food, water, medications, first aid supplies, tools, and other essentials. Tailor your kit to your family’s needs and update it twice a year. Keep kits in your home, vehicle, and workplace. You can see our Previous article about Making a Kit here.
Know evacuation orders. Different warnings are issued based on the severity of the situation. Learn the difference between an evacuation alert, order, and all-clear. Follow instructions from local officials during an emergency.
Stay informed. Sign up for emergency alerts and monitor weather reports. Follow local authorities on social media for updates during a disaster. Keep your phone charged and have a battery-powered radio on hand.
By understanding risks, making a plan, and preparing a kit, you can respond quickly when disaster strikes. Visit GetPrepared.ca for more tips on emergency preparedness from the Government of Canada.