Are You Prepared for an Emergency? Plan Today So You Can Be Prepared for Tomorrow

May 8, 2012 | Melanie

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If you were faced with an emergency, would you know what to do?

72 hoursSome people would say that they are quite confident about knowing how to handle an emergency. But no matter how confident you think you are, when you're in the middle of an emergency, you may find that your mind just can't think straight and it may be hard for you to make sense of all the chaos around you.

Whether or not you're a pro at handling emergency situations, now's a great time to brush up on your emergency response skills! May 6-12 is Emergency Preparedness Week and the federal, provincial, and municpal governments have prepared some great resources to help you prepare yourself for any emergency situation.

Emergency preparedness means making sure that you and your family will be able to cope on your own in the event of an emergency for at least 72 hours. There are three simple steps you can take to help make you and your family emergency-ready:

Three Steps

In Canada, types of emergencies may include severe weather storms, power outages, or even health pandemics. You can be better prepared for these and any other types of emergencies if you make a plan. The Ontario Ministry of Community Safety has a great online resource to help you get started with your emergency plan. The Government of Canada also has a great video that can help you create your own Family Emergency Plan.


Getting a kit is very easy. You can either purchase a ready-made kit from the Canadian Red Cross, or you can make one yourself! When putting together your own Emergency Preparedness Kit, be sure to include the following items:

Emergency Preparedness Kit

  • Water
  • Food
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Flashlight and Batteries
  • Battery-powered/Wind-up Radio
  • First Aid Kit
  • Special Needs Items (such as prescription medications)
  • Extra Keys
  • Cash
  • Emergency Plan



If you need more information on how to be prepared in an emergency, Toronto Public Library has some great resources! Here are some great books to get you started:

Just In Case                 Preparedness Now                  Idiot's Guide to Disaster Preparedness

Does your family have an emergency plan in place? Do you have any tips or advice you can share with others?