Everyone should be prepared in case of an emergency. A disaster or emergency situation can arise without notice, and can cause short or long term disruptions to essential services such as health care, police and fire prevention services, the supply of food and water, electricity and natural gas, and transportation and communications.
A disaster or emergency situation can occur as a result of any one of the following:
- Weather-related – wind, rain, ice, snow storm, flood or drought, tornados or hurricanes, fires
- Geologic – earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, tsunamis
- Forest fires
- Industrial accidents, hazardous/toxic leak, spillage or waste
- Technological – communications failure, cyberterrorism, nuclear or atomic weaponry impact, chemical warfare
- Transportation – maritime disaster, plane crash, train derailment
- Structural – public building or bridge collapse, dam burst
- Breakdown of authority, civil conflict, foreign aggression, terrorism, war
- Famine, lack of water/hygiene, human displacement
- Contagious or infectious disease, biological warfare
Being emergency prepared means that you and your family will be better prepared for any emergency, anywhere and at any time. You need to consider that your family may not be together when an emergency situation occurs, and you may not have access to the ‘normal’ comforts of your lifestyle for extended periods of time.
Your emergency plan should include a discussion with family members on how and where to meet should you be separated, a 72-hour emergency kit, contingency for pets, checklists of other items you may want to take with you, and contact lists. Your plan along with the kit you created, should be kept in a location agreed upon by all members of the household, and a copy of your plan be kept in your car, or another easy-to-access location.
Be aware of the risks that could possibly occur in your region. Be prepared that it could take emergency responders some time to reach you, if disaster strikes, and be as ready as you can with an emergency plan in place.
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