Emergency Planning for Your Family

Emergency situations can happen anytime and without warning. An emergency might be a power outage, a flood, an ice storm, a tornado, an electrical storm, a water supply problem, a chemical spill, or even an outbreak of disease like the flu.

An emergency can threaten your safety and property, the environment, the economy and health care systems. Being prepared and planning ahead for any emergency is essential to protect yourself and your family.

Teach children about what they need to know to stay safe during an emergency.

Steps to emergency preparedness

1. Know the risks
Think about what emergencies could happen to you and your family. What would you do if the schools were closed or if you needed to evacuate your home? Consider what services may be disrupted during emergencies. Plan ahead for possible disruptions in:

  • Hydro, natural gas, water
  • Phone services
  • Pharmacies, hospitals and health care
  • Banking or government services
  • Transportation
  • Shopping and groceries

2. Make a plan to help your family know what to do in case of an emergency.

  • How will you contact your family?
  • Plan emergency exits from your house and escape routes from your neighbourhood
  • Choose a safe place to meet
  • Become familiar with your school’s emergency plan and make sure they have your up to date contact information

3. Prepare an emergency kit with basic supplies that you may need to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours. Make sure you have food, water, flashlights, batteries, some cash in small bills, copies of important papers, clothing and a blanket for each person, toilet paper, personal care items and anything else you may need, like prescription drugs. Don’t forget to plan for your pets.


If you have a question please call us at 519.482.3416 or toll free 1.877.837.6143. Ask to speak to someone on the Infectious Disease team.