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Emergency Preparedness Presentation

Looking for a group workshop topic? Want a practical hands-on experience which will help make you and your community safer and better prepared to face a range of emergencies? Whether you belong to a sports league, service club (ie: Rotary group) or a faith group, the emergency preparedness presentation is quick and informative.

Preparing Your Family for Emergencies: A Step-by-Step Guide

Have you ever thought about how to prepare for an emergency?

How would you:

  • Look after your family for 72 hours?
  • Cope without power or tap water?
  • Contact your family and receive information?

Fast fact:
Although the majority of Canadians believe that having an emergency plan and emergency kit are important, only a small minority have actually created them

Learn the three Steps to getting prepared:

  • Know the risks
  • Make a plan
  • Get a kit

Common misconceptions:

  • Most emergencies are short-lived
  • I won't ever have to deal with an emergency where I live
  • There are a lot of emergencies I just can't prepare for
  • Preparing takes too much time

Step 1

Know the risks. Know your region.

The consequences of emergencies can be similar, but knowing the risks in your region can help you better prepare.

Step 2

Make a plan

You aren't prepared — until you make a plan.

  • Use your Emergency Preparedness Guide as an outline
  • Photocopy your plan
  • Keep copies of your plan in safe and memorable places

Taylor family: floor plan

  • Emergency exits
  • Designate a family meeting area
  • Escape routes from neighbourhood
  • Ensure help for people with disabilities

Jane and Bobby Taylor's plan

  • School's emergency policies
  • Updated contact information
  • Designate contact persons and make sure your children know how to get in touch with them

Special needs plan

  • Health information card
  • Grab-and-go bag with medication, prescriptions, medical documents
  • Ensure walkers, oxygen tanks and other emergency supplies
  • Personal support network

Plan for high-rise residents

  • Evacuation plan
  • Know your exits
  • Extra water in case of power outage

Max's plan

  • Location of "pet-friendly" shelters/hotel
  • Extra pet food and water in emergency kit
  • How will you transport your pets?

Other helpful hints:

  • Choose an out-of-town contact person
  • Make arrangements through friends or cultural centres
  • Practice your plan!
  • Review your plan once a year

Step 3

Prepare a kit

To prepare for an emergency that could last 72 hours or more, what would you put in a kit?

Pre-packaged kits:

  • St. John Ambulance and The Salvation Army kits are available for purchase at www.sja.ca or from retailers across Canada
  • Canadian Red Cross kits are available at www.redcross.ca

Three Steps to getting prepared:

  • Know the risks
  • Make a plan
  • Get a kit

Prepare now!

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