72 hours - Is your family prepared?
In the event of an emergency, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you as they need to focus on those in desperate need. Public Safety Canada advises that you should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.
Use the information below to create your own emergency plan and the checklists to build an emergency kit.
Although the consequences of various disasters can be similar, knowing the risks in your region can help you better plan for an emergency.
In Alberta, we could be faced with a blizzard, tornado, a wildfire or heavy rains. In addition to natural disasters there are other types of risks such as power outages, industrial and transportation incidents.
The Pocket Guide to Emergencies or GetPrepared.ca can be helpful tools to identify risks you could face. The Canadian Disaster Database offers more information on disasters, including those triggered by natural hazards, technological hazards or conflict.
Every household needs an Emergency Plan
This plan will take about 20 minutes to create and will ensure that you and your family know what to do in the event of an emergency.
Your family may not be together when an emergency occurs. Plan how to meet or contact one another, and discuss what you would do in different situations.
The Household Emergency Preparedness Plan is a printable document that you can fill out and keep in your emergency kit. You may also want to keep a copy in your car or at work.
In an emergency, you will need some basic supplies so you and your family can be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.
Work with your family and use the checklists below to develop emergency kits for use in emergencies. You may have to stay in your home without electricity or water, or you may have to evacuate your home for a period of time.
Update your emergency kits once a year when you change your clocks in the spring or the fall. This is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as the batteries, food and water in your emergency kit.
Do your best to stay well informed and prepare yourself in the event of an emergency by thinking ahead.
Know your Neighbourhood
Work with your neighbours to identify people who may need extra help during an emergency. Assign 'block buddies' to help ensure that everyone is taken care of.
Review your plan
Update your emergency plan and kit once a year when you change your clocks in the spring or the fall. This is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as the batteries, food and water in your emergency kit.
Have an Emergency Car Kit
If you have a car, prepare an emergency car kit and keep it in your vehicle.
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- Household Emergency Preparedness plan (pdf)
- 72-hour Emergency kit checklist (pdf)
- 72-hour Emergency pet kit checklist (pdf)