Where Impact DateMay 2016

Did you know?

  • Approximately 5,000 earthquakes are recorded in Canada every year.
  • Canada gets more tornadoes than any other country except the United States, averaging about 50 tornadoes per year.
  • Approximately 85% of Canadians agree that having an emergency kit is important in ensuring their and their family’s safety; yet only 40% have prepared or bought an emergency kit.

Is your family prepared?

  • By taking a few simple steps, you and your family can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere.
  • Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face—whether natural or man-made.
icon-only-risks 1. Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region (like what to do in the case of floods, tornados, earthquakes, storm surges, hurricanes, and technological or environmental accidents such as chemical spills and power failures) can help us better prepare.
icon-only-plan 2. Make a plan – Every Canadian household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and your families know what to do if disaster strikes. We should all practice what to do in different emergency situations.
icon-only-kit 3. Get an emergency kit – During an emergency, we may need to get by without power or tap water. We will all need some basic supplies (such as three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, batteries – battery-operated or wind-up radio, first aid kit, pocket knife, prescriptions, extra set of keys and money, and copies of important documents). Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.

 

Checklists for what goes into a basic kit and extra items, how to write an emergency plan and details on hazards across Canada can be found on the Emergency Preparedness web site at GetPrepared.ca.

For more information regarding Emergency Preparedness Week, please visit:
http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/ep-wk/index-eng.aspx

Public Safety Canada: http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/hzd/index-en.aspx