Emergency Preparedness Week: Plan. Prepare. Be aware.
Plan, prepare and be aware: Emergency Preparedness Week (May 7-13, 2017)
This Sunday marked the start of Emergency Preparedness Week, an annual national event coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces, territories and partners. The timing could not be more fitting as the four-year anniversary of the Alberta Floods and one-year anniversary of Fort McMurray wildfires hover in the collective consciousness. Meanwhile, homeowners and businesses continue to hold down the fort amid a new breed of storms – constant reminders that climate change is causing a spike in natural disasters.
This year’s theme for Emergency Preparedness Week is Plan. Prepare. Be Aware and aims to encourage Canadians to take action and protect themselves during emergencies – like we’re seeing in Quebec with the recent flooding.
Does your family or workplace have an emergency plan? You aren’t prepared until you have a plan. Disaster can strike when you least expect it and having a plan in place will ease stress and prevent further damage to your property. Ensure you have an escape plan, as well as an emergency protocol and important contacts at your fingertips for emergency services and your insurance company.
Can you be self-sufficient for 72 hours if a disaster strikes? No matter the situation, having an emergency kit prepared will help you get by while you wait for assistance. Prepare your emergency kit with essentials including water, food, cash, and first aid supplies, along with copies of important documents for your property.
Know the risks of your region. The consequences of emergencies can be similar in scope, but knowing the risks in your region can help you better prepare. Wind storms, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods are more prominent in some regions compared to others. These risks can have varied effects on your property. Make sure to routinely inspect your home for areas that could cause problems when faced with a disaster. Roofs, windows, and sump pumps are of importance and can be greatly affected by disaster. Be aware of the risks and know what to look for.
At FirstOnSite, we’re often the first ones called in to assess damages and restore buildings and property after a disaster hits. From floods, fires, tornados, and ice storms to vandalism and much more, we know first-hand the importance of planning ahead, being prepared, and being aware of potential dangers when it comes to emergencies. The first 24 hours of most emergencies are the most crucial. By acting quickly, you can stabilize the situation and prevent further damage to your home, business and property, and minimize risks to your own health and safety.
This week, FirstOnSite wants you to take a couple of minutes to review or create your own emergency plan, prepare or update an emergency kit, and familiarize yourself with the risks your property faces as a result of your regional location.