You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours after any major emergency, as it could take emergency workers some time to get to you.
Personal preparedness for a potential emergency is the first step to help keep your family safe.
When a disaster occurs, emergency workers focus their initial efforts on helping people who need immediate, urgent assistance. As a result, if your neighbourhood is not in immediate danger, it may take time for workers to clear roads and restore utilities to your area. Therefore, it is important to be prepared to cope without regular services and assistance for a period of time.
There are four steps you can take to help you and your family prepare for an emergency:
- Know the Risks
- Make a Plan
- Prepare a Kit
- Know What to Do
Emergencies can endanger your health and safety as well as damage your home and property. The transportation systems, telecommunications, electricity and infrastructure we rely on every day may be disrupted. They can also pose a risk to the environment and economy of our communities.
It is recommended that anyone with a disability register with Tay Fire and Emergency Services. Some resources to assist those with disabilities are:
450 Park Street, PO Box 100
ON L0K 2A0
705-534-7248 ext. 253