Make a family evacuation plan and practice it together. It is important to identify a point where you will gather after the evacuation. In addition, you and your family should be ready to survive for the first 72 hours of a disaster.
- If you live in a house, teach all adults how to shut off the water, electricity and gas. Identify where the electrical distribution panel and the water and gas entry valves are located.
- If you live in an apartment, point out all the emergency exits to family members. Show them where to find the fire alarm boxes and how to use them. If there’s a fire, never use the elevator; you could be trapped inside it in the event of electrical failure.
- Have with you, at all times, the articles necessary to meet the critical needs of your family during the first three days of an emergency situation.
- Write down the contact information in the event of an emergency. Fill out the Family safety plan: emergency contact list
- Identify the emergency exits and choose a spot where everyone will gather after an evacuation.
- Plan a route for leaving your neighbourhood. Have another route in mind in case the roads originally selected are not passable.
- Create an inventory of your belongings, with proofs of purchase, photos or videos.