Discuss with your family and friends how to respond to disaster situations.
Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape routes.
Learn how to turn off water and electricity at your location.
Teach children how and when to use emergency telephone numbers (911) for help.
Pick one out-of-area and one local family member or friend to call if you get separated when you evacuate.
Pick a place and an alternate outside your home to meet in case of fire.
Keep copies of family records and other important papers in a waterproof and fireproof container.
Make arrangements for pets ahead of time in case you have to leave or evacuate.
Let others know when you leave, where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
Emergency Supplies Kits
In an emergency, you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.
You may have some of the items already, such as food, water and a battery-operated or wind-up flashlight. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Would you be able to find your flashlight in the dark? Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. Keep it in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front-hall closet.
If you have many people in your household, your emergency kit could get heavy. It's a good idea to separate some of these supplies in backpacks. That way, your kit will be more portable and each person can personalize his or her own grab-and-go emergency kit.
For a variety of Emergency Supplies Kits, refer to the section Emergency Kits.
Emergency Family Plan
Know the Risks
Although the consequences of various disasters can be similar, knowing the risks in your region can help you better prepare. Across Canada, we face a number of hazards. The main hazards identified for our area by Cartwright-Roblin Municipality are snowstorms/blizzards, ice storms, power outages, tornadoes, and hail storms, but can also include floods, major fires, hazardous materials accidents, and infectious disease outbreak.
Make a Plan
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.
The Government of Canada has published Your Emergency Preparedness Guide. This guide explains in greater detail the steps Canadians should take to become better prepared for emergencies. Included are a Family Emergency Plan template and list of emergency kit items. There are also helpful tips along the way as you complete the plan. You can access the template for the Family Emergency Plan at PDF Version (PDF 2 MB). Choose and complete the sections that your family needs. Print copies, share them with the family, and store them where they are easy to find. Put a copy of the plan in your emergency kit, in your vehicle, at your place of work, and any other place where you might find it useful. Review the plan and practise it with your family at least once a year and update it at the same time.