Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. Your own personal preparedness can go a long way in assisting you in managing the emergency and recovery afterward.
What can I do to prepare?
Know the risks
. Knowing what to do beforehand can reduce the stress of an emergency situation.
Make a plan
. For example, make sure that you know at least two ways out of every room in your home (this is often a door and a window).
Have a 72-hour kit
. This kit will support you and your family for 72 hours in the event of an emergency. Emergency responders may be busy assisting those in immediate need, and may not be able to reach you sooner. Make sure you have your Important Documents
in your kit.
Reduce hazards in your home. Many emergencies can be averted with some preparation. Ensure you know how to turn off the utilities in your home. Have and know how to use a fire extinguisher
. For more information, visit the Calgary Fire Department’s Home Safety Program
Important Documents checklist
72-hour kit checklist
Household Emergency Action Plan booklet
Household Emergency Action Plan – Plain Language