A household emergency plan will help protect what matters most - you, your loved ones and your pets. It includes knowing the best way to leave your home in an emergency, where to meet and how to contact one another if separated.
Prepare your home
You can help reduce the effects of disaster on you and your property by taking the following actions:
When the power goes out, remember - fresh food first
Pets are members of our families too so don't forget to prepare for them. Here are some tips to ensure you'll be able to look after your pets during an emergency.
Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a preparedness pro, gathering your emergency supplies is easy. A good rule of thumb is to have supplies for about 3 days. You’ll be surprised at how much you already have.
Many emergency or disaster situations could leave you and your loved ones stranded at home for days. Keep a supply of the following items in your house:
You can find a Household Emergency Checklist here.
If you need to evacuate your home, you may not have much time to prepare so it's worth putting together a getaway kit and keeping it in a handy place. Consider including:
Include important documents in your getaway kit: Identification (birth and marriage certificates, drivers' licences and passports), financial documents (e.g. insurance policies and mortgage information), and precious family photos. You may want to save scans of your documents onto a memory stick or save them in the cloud.
In an emergency or disaster situation, you'll need to know how to get information and how to connect with people around you in your community. Now is a good time to connect so you'll be ready if a disaster situation occurs.