Make a plan
Photo: Ruth Bonneville, Winnipeg Free Press
Evacuating your home
Determine the best ways to evacuate from inside your home in case of an emergency like a house fire. Establish a safe place for your family to meet. Include a plan for evacuating your pets.
Evacuating your community
- What types of natural and technological disasters are most likely to happen?
- How can I prepare for each?
- What is our community’s emergency plan?
- What is our community’s evacuation routes?
- Where are emergency shelters located?
- What plans are there for evacuated pets?
Out-of-town emergency contact
Plan for each family member to call or e-mail the same out of-town contact person in case of an emergency. Choose an out-of-town contact that lives far enough away that he or she will probably not be affected by the same event. Make sure that the designated person knows they are your family contact. Ensure that you and your family member carry the number.
- For more information on how to help prepare your children for an emergency, download the Expect the Unexpected booklet for parents which offers more helpful tips.
- Meet with your neighbours to plan how you could support each other until help arrives after a disaster. These are some excellent sources for information on neighbourhood disaster plans:
You Make the Difference – Support Canadians Affected by Disasters
From house fires to forest fires, hurricanes to floods, the Canadian Red Cross is there for more than 20,000 Canadians who are affected by disasters each year. Please donate to the Canadian Red Cross Fund.