If an emergency happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to get to you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. You can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies - anytime, anywhere.
Learn how to be prepared for an emergency by reviewing the information below.
Know the risks
Knowing the risks in your community can help you prepare. Potential risks in the District of Timiskaming include:
- Severe weather and other meteorological events
- Major accidents
- Infrastructure failures
- Disease outbreaks
- Intentional acts
Make a Plan
An emergency plan will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. It only takes 20 minutes to complete a personalized plan online. You can then print it out. Most of this information can be filled out on your own. You may need to get some information from the municipality.
To fill out your home emergency plan, you will need to think about:
- Safe exits from your home and neighbourhood
- 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
- Special health needs
- Place for your pet to stay
- Risks in your community
- Location of you fire extinguisher, water valve, electrical box, gas valve and floor drain
Keep this document in an easy to find, easy to remember place (for example, with your emergency kit). Photocopy this plan and keep it in your car and/or at your work.
Prepare an emergency kit
Everyone should be prepared to take care of themselves and their families for up to three days in the event of an emergency or disaster. Ensure you are ready by preparing an emergency kit.
Please visit the Government of Canada Emergency Preparedness website for more information.
Emergency for children
Children in particular can feel the stress of emergencies deeply and may react in different ways. The key to helping your children cope is simply by being there and making them feel safe.
Learn how to help kids prepare for emergencies.
Emergency for pets
It is important to prepare for your pet in the event of an emergency.
Emergency for people with disabilities/special need
While disasters and emergencies affect everyone, their impact on people with disabilities/special needs is often compounded by factors such as reliance on electrical power, elevators, accessible transportation and accessible communication – all of which can be compromised in emergency situations.
Please review the Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs.
Shelter in place
You may be instructed to “shelter-in-place” if chemical, biological or radiological contaminants are released into the environment. This means you must remain inside your home or office and protect yourself there. The following steps will help maximize your protection:
- Close and lock all windows and exterior doors
- Turn off all fans, heating and air-conditioning systems to avoid drawing in air from the outside
- Close the fireplace damper
- Get your emergency kit and make sure the radio is working
- Go to an interior room that's above ground level (if possible one without windows)
- Using duct or other wide tape, seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room
- Continue to monitor your radio or television until you are told all is safe or are advised to evacuate