GET PREPARED: YOUR GUIDE TO 72-HOUR PREPAREDNESS

There is no time to get prepared like Emergency Preparedness Week. 

CCEM Strategies proudly supports EP Week, recognized annually during the first week of May.

You can be affected by a disaster anywhere, and at any time. It is important you are prepared to look after yourself and loved ones for at least 72 hours following an emergency. Here is what you need to know to get yourself prepared.

Know Your Hazards

There are various types of hazards, each hazard has its own unique risks associated with it. It is important to be aware of the types of hazards that can occur within your area. Hazards include:

  • Avalanches

  • Disease Outbreaks

  • Earthquakes

  • Floods

  • Hazard Material Spills

  • Landslides

  • Power Outages

  • Severe Weather

  • Tsunamis

  • Wildfires

Make Your Plan

It is important you and your loved ones are on the same page about how you will respond to a disaster. You should develop a plan for:

  • Your household

  • Children, seniors or people with disabilities in your care

  • Your pets 

  • Your place of work

You may also want to discuss response options with your neighbours and develop a neighbourhood response plan. If disaster strikes, you may need immediate assistance – building relationships with your neighbours ahead of time can help to create a close support system leading to a better response. 

The more emergency planning you have done before a disaster occurs, can help to decrease stress at a very stressful time. 

Build Your Kit

Depending on the type of emergency, you may either need to leave your home or work immediately, or shelter-in-place. Having the necessary supplies to take care of yourself and anyone else in your care is very important. Putting together an Emergency Kit or Grab-and-go Bag prior to a disaster can help alleviate stress and ensure you and your family are safe.

Check out our Infographic on Family Preparedness for more details on how to prepare and what to include in your kit.