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Make a Plan

Disasters often cause confusion and distress. A household plan will help you cope with the stress of an emergency or disaster. Taking the time now will help your family feel empowered, knowing they can survive on their own. Be mindful when talking about emergencies with children. Remind them that if an emergency happens, someone will be there to help. Talk to your children about people they can count on such as firefighters, police, teachers, neighbours and emergency workers.

Consider that your family may not be together when an emergency occurs. Discuss what you would do in different situations. A good first step is to put a list of emergency numbers by each telephone in your home and keep the contacts in your cellphone up to date. This list should include the work and cellphone numbers of each person in your family or home. Tell your children what each number is for and provide them with a contact list for their school backpacks. Consider creating contact cards for each family member to keep on them at all times.

Make an emergency plan for your household

Take some time to learn about and create your family emergency plan using our online interactive course. When you finish the course, you will have your own personalized emergency plan, ready to print.

Personal Preparedness Course | Personal Preparedness Plan PDF (coming soon)

Plan specific information and tools:

  • Emergency Preparedness Guide
  • Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities/Special Needs
    • Establish a personal support network of friends, relatives, health-care providers, co-workers and neighbours who understand your special needs. Write down details about:
      • Accommodation needs
      • Insurance information
      • Allergies
      • Medical conditions
      • Emergency contacts
      • Medication
      • Family medical history
      • Recent vaccinations
      • Health screenings
      • Surgeries/Mobility needs
    • Keep a copy of this information in your emergency kit and give a copy to your personal support network.
    • Talk to your doctor about preparing a grab-and-go bag, if possible, with a two-week supply of medication and medical supplies. Include prescriptions and medical documents. Remember that pharmacies may be closed for some time, even after an emergency is over. Keep in mind, not all evacuation centers will have access to refrigerators. Additional steps may need to be taken if your medications require a cool environment.
  • Emergency Preparedness for Children
    • Ask your children’s school or daycare about their emergency policies. Find out how they will contact families during an emergency. Find out what type of authorization the school or daycare requires to release your children to a designated person if you cannot pick them up. Make sure the school or daycare has updated contact information for parents, caregivers and designated persons.
  • Pet Preparedness
    • In case of an evacuation, remember that pets are not allowed in some public shelters or hotels because of certain health regulations. Take steps to identify pet-friendly hotels or pet boarding facilities in and out of your local area. In case of an evacuation, be prepared to leave your pets with a relative or friend. Have your pet kit ready to ensure your pets' needs can be met.
  • Emergency Preparedness for Farm Animals

Other considerations:

  • Communicating During an Emergency
  • Neighbourhood Preparedness
    • Connecting and building relationships with your neighbours today means a better outcome in the event of an emergency. Work with your neighbours to identify people who may need extra help during an emergency.
  • Apartment and Condo Preparedness
    • Living in an apartment, condominium or townhome may mean you are in close proximity to your neighbours but it does not always mean you get to know your neighbours on a personal level. In the event of an emergency, your neighbours will be your most immediate source of help. Getting to know them now builds trust and enables you to work together in an emergency situation.
  • Workplace Emergencies
    • Learn about the emergency evacuation plans in the workplace and your role in the event of an emergency. You may want to have some basic supplies at work such as water and food that will not spoil.
  • Rural Emergency Plan
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Date modified: 2017-07-31