Personal Emergency Plans
Preparing and practicing a Personal Emergency Plan will help ensure you are ready in the event of an emergency.
Making a Family Emergency Plan won't take long and there are templates online to help you put your plan together:
Pick a date to practice your plan each year, once in the summer and once in the winter. It could save your life.
Planning for your Pets
How can you ensure your pets are safe when an emergency occurs?
Pets are part of many families, and need to be included in all family emergency plans. Learn how you can ensure their safety in an emergency.
Family Emergency Plan and Kit Considerations
When preparing an emergency kit, use watertight containers and ensure they are labelled with your contact information.
Documents, and certified copies are important especially if the family is not together at the time of evacuation. Protection of your personal information can be accomplished in a number of ways including scanning information on an encrypted thumb drive or secure cloud storage solutions. Make sure you have:
- Birth certificates / passports
- Insurance policies
- Health care card
- Hard drives, flash drives, passwords
- Titles & deeds
- Marriage certificate
- Tax returns
- Bank information
- Credit card contact numbers
- Important phone numbers
Money may be extremely important especially if the internet is down and shops and banks cannot process debit cards. Keep a very small limit credit card in your kit for use only in an emergency. A plan should have:
- Blank cheques
- Small amount of cash
- Credit / debit cards
- Wallet / purse
- Bank books
Floorplans / Maps are not only important for you during emergencies they could be important to emergency responders trying to search residential areas for survivors. Your plan should include:
- Home floor plan with exits
- Office or work space floor plan
- Neighborhood with exits
- Area map of grid roads
Phone Lists / Contact Information are extremely important during emergency situations. We can forget names and numbers during stressful situations and we may be injured and not able to respond to care giver's questions. Keep a list of:
- Daycare / school
- Relatives (near and far)
- Insurance Carrier
- Municipal contact information