Family and Personal Preparedness

Every household in the region should have an emergency plan and be prepared for 72 hours of the emergency situation. It can take as little as 20 minutes to make a plan.

The plan will help you and your family to react quicker and more efficiently in an emergency - especially if you are required to evacuate.

Things to consider when making the plan

  • Plan how and where to meet and how to contact one another.
    • Remember, your family may not always be together when an emergency occurs.
  • Discuss what to do in different situations and be prepared.
  • Include a drawing of the floor plan of your home in the emergency plan.
    • The floor plan should show all the possible exits from each room. Highlight the main exit route and the alternate exit route from each room.
  • Plan to use the stairs instead of the elevators if you live in an apartment.
  • Identify an evacuation route from your neighbourhood as well.
  • Keep your plan in an easy-to-find, easy-to-remember place (for example with your emergency kit).
    • Photocopy your plan and keep it in your car and/or at work. You may also wish to keep an electronic version on your computer. This makes it easy to review and update annually.
  • Consider preparing a jump-bag with any necessary medications you may require, including prescriptions and medical documents.
    • Talk to your doctor about preparing a two-week supply of medication and medical supplies. Remember that pharmacies may be closed for some time, even after an emergency is over.
  • Ask your child's school about their emergency procedures.
    • Find out how they contact families if an emergency occurs. You can also prearrange authorization with the school or daycare to release your children to a designated person if you cannot pick them up.
  • Make alternative arrangements for your pets with a relative or friend, or take steps to identify pet-friendly hotels and pet boarding facilities in, and around, your area.
    • In situations where you and your family have to evacuate, remember that pets are not always allowed in public shelters or hotels.

Learn about first aid - You could save a life

Along with making emergency plans and preparing an emergency kit, knowing first aid could save a life. Courses may be taken locally through the Canadian Red Cross or St. John Ambulance.

Contact your local office to find out about first aid courses in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

K-W Red Cross - Find a Course

St. John Ambulance Course Calendar

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