Each year, thousands of Canadians face emergency situations that could forever alter their lives. It is important to have a plan in place before an emergency happens. Don't be caught off guard!
The following suggestions, adopted from Emergency Management Ontario will help you and your family prepare in the event of an actual emergency:
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- Identify the risks in your community. The Town of Richmond Hill is susceptible to many different types of emergencies, including severe storms, train derailments, chemical spills and heat waves.
- Walk around your house and identify dangers. Be aware of loosely hung heavy artwork, toxic products, etc. Take any necessary corrective steps to secure your possessions and your home.
- Choose an out-of-area contact. Ideally, this person should be someone each member of the family can telephone or e-mail in case of an emergency. Be sure to choose someone far enough away so as not to be affected by a similar situation.
- Decide on temporary accommodation. This could include a friend's house or a motel, where you could take up a temporary residence (including your pets) in the event of an evacuation.
- Print and read the 72 Hour Emergency Kit [PDF]. Each member of your family should prepare a kit, including storing enough water, food, medicine, money and clothes to comfortably survive for three days.
- Your family emergency plan should include your pets as they depend on you for their safety and well being. Click here for more information about evacuating your pets during a disaster.
- Learn how Richmond Hill is prepared for a disaster.
Emergency Preparedness Guide
Seniors to Go! Emergency Preparedness Tool Kit
Emergency Preparedness Awareness Public Education
Emergency Preparedness Week
Emergency Management Ontario Website