Falcon Homes prides itself on being a family oriented company, and we want to make sure Falcon Families and all other families are safe in times of need. In light of the recent flooding emergencies in the Alberta/BC regions we have put together a guide for emergency preparedness in the home.
Natural disasters are something most people think will never happen to them, but what happens when it does? Would you be ready? Would you be able to keep you and your family safe?
Here’s some good tips and practices to keep in mind, but let’s hope you never have to use them!
1. Establish an “Emergency Plan”. It only takes 20 minutes to sit down and organize a plan with your family to ensure you are safe and prepared for whatever comes your way. Make sure your family is informed of what to do, as well as a contact plan for extended family members and friend who could be of assistance.
2. An evacuation plan and muster point is crucial. When emergencies take place it is easy to become disoriented and panicked. Practising your evacuation route and meeting up at your muster point will help relieve some of the confusion that occurs in a state of emergency.
3. Keep a list of important emergency numbers and contacts, as well as copies of important identification documents, and if possible, a list of prescriptions and/or an emergency supply of vital medications. Keeping your children informed of their basic personal information will also assist in an emergency situation in case they should ever become separated. Familiarize yourself with your children’s school and daycare emergency policies as well so you know how and where to reach your children if they are not in your care at the time of emergency.
4. Keep an “Emergency Kit”. This is an excellent tool for being prepared. Use a rubber-maid type container because it is easily portable, and is weather/damage proof for most scenarios. Things to include in your kit are:
- battery powered radio
- first aid kit
- extra car and house keys
- a copy of your emergency plan
- a decent amount of cash
You should always keep an ample water supply that covers enough to keep your family hydrated for at least 2 days. You should also have some canned food, energy bars, and dried food packets for sustenance – and don’t forget the can opener!
Being prepared for an emergency is the first step to keeping yourself and your family safe. A good link to check out for further information on many different kind of emergency case scenarios is: www.getprepared.gc.ca