Suddenly, you need to think about your kids at school or elderly parents across town. If phones don't work, or some neighbourhoods aren't accessible, what will you do?
Having a family emergency plan will save time and make real situations less stressful.
Things to think about:
Where will you meet, how will you communicate?
Create your own Family Action Plan online at Emergency Management Ontario or Print and fill out the Family Emergency Plan Worksheet
During an emergency situation, it's important to remember that your child looks to you for guidance and comfort.
The first rule to remember is if it’s too dangerous for you to stay, it’s too dangerous for your pet to stay. Proper planning and making arrangements before an emergency will increase your pet’s chances for survival and ability to cope.
It's important that seniors be educated about the potential for emergencies, the steps to take to be prepared and, the programs and services available to help get them through the emergency and return to their regular routine.
( In Oxford County, 17 per cent of all residents are 65+ according to 2011 Census.)
In addition to the basic emergency survival kit, it is essential that seniors being evacuated during emergencies take all equipment or devices they may need immediately with them.
Key areas to consider for seniors
If you anticipate needing assistance during an emergency, talk to family members, friends and others to see if they can provide support.
You will also want to make sure that:
In a disaster, people with special medical needs have extra concerns. Be aware that experiencing an emergency can be overwhelming and stress can worsen some medical conditions.
Take the following steps if you or your family members have special medical needs:
For more information download the Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs.
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