No-one can predict disasters such as earthquakes, terrorism, fires, or hazardous material accidents. The list is endless.
However, when these things happen, you must be ready to act immediately. To help you survive, you and members of your household should prepare personal and family survival plans, now! At the office, everyone should have a Grab and Go Kit under their desk - see the Grab and Go section for details.
Preparing for a disaster takes time and effort. You need to plan so that you can:
- Avoid injury and help others
- Minimize damage to your property
- Survive at least 72 hours after a disaster in your home or workplace without help from emergency response officials.
Review website links for how to plan for emergencies, what supplies to get, and what to do after a disaster. The Individual and Neighbourhood All-Hazard Emergency Preparedness Workbook is an easy-to-follow guide produced by the Province of British Columbia, and relevant to preparing for hazards faced in BC.
- children's typical reactions
- disabilities information [PDF]
- emergency supplies [PDF]
- family emergency plan workbook [PDF]
The BC Individual and Neighbourhood All-Hazard Emergency Preparedness Workbook (PDF) covers:
- Preparing your family for a disaster, including the elderly, disabled and children
- The family emergency plan
- Important family and individual information
- Emergency supply kits
- Hazards and emergency preparedness
- Mobile home preparedness
- After a disaster
- Websites, resources and references
Some videos to check out:
Making a Family Emergency Plan
And a more light-hearted look at getting prepared in Metro Vancouver:
The Ten Steps to Home Preparedness