Are You Prepared?

Emergency Fact Sheet

Do you know what do in an emergency? You cannot predict an emergency, but you can prepare for one. Take action today!
Make a plan and build a kit that is based on your individual needs and have it readily accessible.

 
Developing a plan:
• Consider how a disaster might affect your individual needs.
• Plan to make it on your own, at least for a period of time. It’s possible that you will not have access to a medical facility or even a drugstore.
• Include your support network so they will know where you will go in case of an emergency. Ensure someone has an extra key and know where your kit is stored.
• Identify what kind of resources you use on a daily basis and what you might do if they are limited or not available.
• If you live in a high-rise building, familiarize yourself with the building’s evacuation plan, who conducts evacuation drills and how often, who are the floor monitors in the event of an emergency and the location of emergency buttons and doors.
• If you have a pet bring it with you in an evacuation and have a plan for who will care for your pet in an emergency
• Consider an emergency response system in your home
• If you are a senior with a disability, practice your plan
• If possible sign up to receive Red Alerts from Emergency Management Ontario on their website at http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/home.html
Developing a Kit:
• Build A Kit with your unique situation in mind. What do you need to maintain your health, safety and independence? For example cash and change, flashlight, additional clothes, blanket, flare or reflective triangle, matches, paper/pencil, cell phone and charger, glasses, food and water supply for 3 days – write date on items and change every 4 months..
• Include a portable medical profile including health card, list of prescription and non-prescription medication, list of the type and model numbers of medical devices, extra batteries for devices, extra medication and vitamins including list of allergies, information related to your special needs and medical appointments, personal identification information, bank accounts, insurance policies, list of support network and important telephone numbers such as your doctor, specialists, Power of Attorney, non-emergency police, local utilities, neighbors. (Keep this list in your kit and on your person).
• Make arrangements for assistance to get to a shelter.
For medical emergency call 911. For further information on emergency preparedness locally, call 311 for City Services, (416) 808-2222 for non-emergency police, (416) 338-9000 for fire and (416) 392-4554 for the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in Toronto.

Useful Websites:
Emergency Management Ontario: www.ontario.ca/emo
Office of emergency Management (OEM), Toronto: www.toronto.ca/oem
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services -For people with disabilities:
http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/beprepared/diversegroups/PeoplewithDisabilities/disability_guide_english.html
Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness: www.ccep.ca
Government of Canada, Get Prepared: www.getprepared.gc.ca
Public Safety Canada: www.publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/em/index-eng.aspx