Emergency Preparedness Week: Make a Plan

We’re doing an Emergency Preparedness Week mini series featuring tips and information on preparing your family to survive an emergency situation for 72 hours. The City of Vaughan will be marking Emergency Preparedness Week from May 4 to 10. For more information, visit www.vaughan.ca/PrepE.

The City is committed to encouraging residents to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while rescue workers help those in urgent need.

Here is the second post in the series:

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Make a Plan

The City of Vaughan is no stranger to emergency situations and every citizen should be prepared for the first 72 hours in an emergency while rescue workers help those in urgent need. As a community, preparing for these events drastically reduces the impact caused by an emergency. They can happen with little to no warning and may leave you and your family confined to your home for several days. It is crucial for every household should have a family emergency plan.

A family emergency plan should contain:

  • Important emergency contact numbers
  • Emergency meeting places
  • Home evacuation plan
  • Arrangements for your pets
  • Emergency kit checklist

Here are some tips for different types of weather-related incidents you may face:

Floods: Move all furniture, appliances and belongings to a higher level of your house. If authorities advise you to evacuate, leave the area immediately using only the designated evacuation routes.

Tornados: Seek shelter in an interior area in the basement, away from all windows, like a bathroom or under stairs. If you are not able to access a basement, take shelter in a small interior room. Curl into a ball face down on the floor and cover your head with your arms.

Thunderstorms: Seek shelter indoors and avoid using water (shower/bathing) or electronics/appliances. Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors! Be safe not soaked.

As part of the PrepE Emergency Preparedness Campaign, the City has a series of videos that are designed to inform residents about the importance of being equipped for emergency situations. The videos can be viewed at youtube.com/thecityofvaughan.

For more information, visit http://www.getprepared.ca/ or www.vaughan.ca/PrepE.

Sharon Walker
Manager of Emergency Planning
Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service

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