COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Household emergency plan
How can Calgarians be ready for upcoming hazards during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- The City of Calgary is actively preparing for how to respond to additional hazards under the current pandemic conditions to ensure that Calgarians are safe.
- COVID-19 has the potential to intensify additional emergencies and disasters.
- Now is the time to talk with your family and revise or develop your emergency plan and consider how the current pandemic impacts your planning.
- It is critical that people do their part to be prepared. Being prepared with a plan and resources for your household will reduce the need to rely on municipal resources that are critical to the pandemic.
Public health restrictions may impact emergency plans
When developing a plan for your household plan, consider how the current public health restrictions may influence your plan.
- You may want to change your meeting place to somewhere that avoids crowded places.
- You may want to add homemade masks to your emergency kits as well as extra soap and hand sanitizer.
- If you get sick, you should have enough supplies or medication at home to last for 14 days.
- If you were to be evacuated, your plan should not include staying with the elderly, those with immune-comprised conditions, and people with COVID-19 symptoms.
Additional things to consider
- It’s very important that if you need to call 911 for an emergency during the current pandemic, you should be prepared to answer a few questions from the Emergency Communications Officer related to COVID-19. This will ensure the safety of first responders.
- If you’re helping friends or family clean up, remember that you’ll need to take extra precautions to protect each other from COVID-19. This includes maintaining physical distance of at least 2 metres, ensuring everyone is washing their hands frequently and wearing face coverings.
- A public health emergency, like the COVID-19 pandemic, can be stressful for everyone. Being impacted by another disaster at the same time will only amplify feelings and emotions.
- There are many support services available for Calgarians during and following any disaster. It is important to remember that you are not alone and there are many resources available to help.