How to Prepare
Emergency Preparedness Begins at Home
Often, disasters seem like a remote possibility – they always seem to happen somewhere else. At anytime however, in any community, a natural or human-caused disaster may occur, requiring a large scale, coordinated response. Police, fire, public health, social services, public works, emergency medical services and municipal officials may need to work together to prepare and respond to the incident and protect the public.
You can also play a part during an emergency and prepare for your own safety and the safety of your family. Begin by learning about the potential risks and hazards in your community and then make sure everyone in your family knows what to do before, during and after disaster strikes. Also, prepare to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours during an emergency. By doing so, you can help your community by helping yourself. Prepare for emergencies before they happen, you’ll be better able to respond when the unexpected happens.