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Emergency Preparedness

Know the Risks in Your Community

In Newfoundland and Labrador, adverse weather and its impacts are a major concern. Municipalities, as well as home and business owners are encouraged to take every precaution to prevent damages caused by any potential flooding and high winds and seas, or other large scale disasters.

In addition to natural disasters there are other types of risks. Know the risks in your community. There may be a risk of power outages, industrial accidents, or major transportation accidents.

Never forget, when an emergency or disaster occurs, listen for updated forecasts and follow any special instructions emergency officials provide.

Develop an Emergency Plan

An emergency plan will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. Every Canadian household needs an emergency plan. It will take you about 20 minutes to complete your personalized plan online. You can then print it out. Before starting your home emergency plan, you will need to think about:

  • Safe exits from home and neighborhood
  • Meeting places to reunite with family or roommates
  • Designated person to pick up children should you be unavailable
  • Contact persons close-by and out-of-town
  • Health information
  • Place for your pet to stay
  • Risks in your region
  • Location of your fire extinguisher, water valve, electrical box, gas valve and floor drain

To start developing your emergency plan, visit www.getprepared.ca opens in new window.

Assemble an Emergency Kit

In case of a major emergency or disaster, you will need some basic supplies set aside. That way you will always be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours while emergency workers focus on people in the most urgent need.

Many of the items required in an emergency kit are found in most people's homes. It's just a question of taking some time and putting them together as your emergency kit.

Find out what goes into a basic emergency kit and supplement it with additional emergency supplies. Also, drivers could consider packing a basic car kit. Visit www.getprepared.ca opens in new window to see what should go into an emergency kit.

Get Started Today…Save Your Life Tomorrow!

For more detailed information and step-by-step guides for each of the items above, please visit www.getprepared.ca opens in new window.

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