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Emergency Preparedness Week - Make a Plan

Posted: May 9, 2019

Emergency Preparedness Week
"Plan, Prepare, Be Aware"

72 Hours: Is Your Family Prepared?
If an emergency happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.  
  • Know the risks
    Although the consequences of various disasters can be similar, knowing the risks in your region can help you better prepare. In Manitoba, we face a number of hazards, such as floods, severe storms and tornadoes in the summer.  In addition to natural disasters, there are other types of risks, such as power outages and industrial or transportation accidents.

  • Make a plan
    Every household needs an emergency plan which will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. 

    Your family may not be together when an emergency occurs. Plan how to meet or how to contact one another, and discuss what you would do in different situations.

  • Neighbourhood safety plan
    Work with your neighbours to identify people who may need extra help during an emergency. To help make sure everyone is taken care of, assign "block buddies.”
  • Emergency exits and routes
    Draw up a floor plan of your home that shows all possible exits from each room. Plan a main exit route and an alternate exit route from each room. If you live in an apartment, plan to use the stairs instead of the elevators.  If you are unable to use the stairs, notify someone to assist you ahead of time. Identify an evacuation route from your neighbourhood in case you need to leave in a hurry (and think of more than one option).

  • Meeting places
    Identify a safe place where everyone should meet if you have to evacuate your home.   

  • Make copies of important documents
    Make copies of birth and marriage certificates, passports, licenses, wills, land deeds and insurance. Take photos of family members in case a lost person’s record is created. Keep them in a safe place, both inside and outside your home. You might want to put them in a safety deposit box or give them to friends and family who live out of town.

  • Children
    Ask your children's school or daycare about their emergency policies. Find out how they will contact families during an emergency.

    Find out what type of authorization the school or daycare requires to release your children to a designated person if you can't pick them up.

    Make sure the school or daycare has updated contact information for parents, caregivers and designated persons.

  • Plan for pets
    In case of an evacuation, remember that pets are not allowed in some public shelters or hotels. In case of an evacuation, prepare to take your pets with you to the home of a relative or friend, or take steps to identify pet-friendly hotels or pet boarding facilities in your area and further away from home.

  • Special health needs
    Establish a personal support network of friends, relatives, health-care providers, co-workers and neighbours who understand your special needs.

For more information on emergency planning, visit the East St. Paul website
www.eaststpaul.com under the government tab "Emergency Preparedness”.

Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization 
Telephone: (204) 945-4772
Toll-free: 1 (888) 267-8298



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