Who Depends On You in 72?

Every person in your family should play a role in preparing for an emergency, and all ages should know what is required if an emergency occurs. By taking advantage of everyday activities to practice for an emergency, the children in your family will have a tool kit of habits to draw from when they need it most.

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Who Depends on You in 72? Individual

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, a week or even longer.

Each person's needs and abilities are unique, but every individual can take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any situation. A commitment to planning today will help you prepare for any emergency situation. Preparing makes sense. Get ready now. 

  • Consider how a disaster might affect your individual needs. 
  • Plan to make it on your own, at least for a period of time. It's possible that you will not have access to a medical facility or even a drugstore. 
  • Identify what kind of resources you use on a daily basis and what you might do if they are limited or not available. 

72 Hour Kit Shopping List Items - Day Five:

  • Duct Tape
  • Cell phone charger
  • Prepaid long distance cards

Now you have a great 72 hour kit if you have gathered everything this week from our lists!  Remember to check it semi-annually and refresh water and foodstuffs.

Who Depends on You in 72? Work

Emergency Response Plans are the ‘people plans’ in an emergency. These plans focus on ensuring staff, visitors, and public safety are maintained during incidents such as a fires, evacuations, or severe weather events. For the Emergency Response Plan to be effective, all staff must be aware of and familiar with the procedures and their roles in an emergency.  The planning starts with you! It is important that you prepare for emergencies at work.

There is no way to plan for every possible emergency, so plans should be developed using an all-hazards approach. This means a plan is made to be implemented in response to a wide variety of emergencies. Like all plans the document is a constantly changing entity. Your workplace Emergency Response Plan should ensure that certain checks and balances in place to keep the plan is as current and accurate as possible. 

At Work Everyday

  1. Ensure your contact information is current. 
  2. Ensure that your Supervisor knows how to get in touch with you when you are not at the office. 

If an Emergency Occurs

  1. Know who your Floor Warden or designated safety authority is.
  2. Take care of your personal safety and follow the instructions of your Floor Wardens or designated safety authority. 
  3. Follow the instructions of any first responders who may be responding to your workplace incident.

During an Evacuation Alarm

  1. When alarms sound, take only your personal items with you (personal belongings refer to your coat, wallet or purse and any medication you require). You do not know how long you will be outside, and these items should be easily accessible to you.  
  2. Carry your ID and your employee badge with you as you exit the building. 
  3. Coffee cups and any containers with liquids must be left behind, as they pose a safety hazard in a crowded stairway.
  4. If you are physically unable to evacuate via the stairwells, please advise your Floor Warden and they will ensure a monitor is assigned to accompany you to the elevator lobby on your floor to await evacuation. Your location will be reported to the security desk by your Floor Warden.
  5. Once employees have evacuated the building, they should proceed to a mustering point and remain there until they have been told to disperse or return to work. 

72 Hour Kit Shopping List Items - Day Four:

  • Copies of important contact information include school, family/friends, insurance company, doctors, etc.
  • Special items such as prescription medication, infant formula, medical equipment
  • Whistle
  • Pocket Multi-tool 

Who Depends On You In 72? Community

Your community depends on you to help out before, during, and after emergencies. Consider becoming a part of a local community league, crime watch or non-government organization such as Red Cross. Many community based organizations need volunteers to assist in emergency preparedness activities including building awareness, staffing local resources that could be used if the worst was to happen like your local school gym or community hall. Attend a community CPR/First Aid class, become a member of the Amateur radio society or just get to know your neighbours as they will be your closest ally in the first few minutes of an emergency.   

What situation is your community in?  Take a look around your community to identify what your risks are, are you near a water source, near train tracks or an industrial area.  Once you know the risks in your community you can better plan for disaster events.  Find out what your municipality plans are, how they plan on communicating with the public during times of crisis, what plans you can access on line for your local area and who can you talk to ask more questions.

72 Hour Kit Shopping List Items - Day Three:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Extra keys to your cars and house
  • Cash in smaller bills and change for payphones, vending machines
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hand Sanitizer

Who Depends on You in 72? Animals

Your animal friends depend on you!  Pets are important members of our family and whether they large or small it is important to consider their needs when preparing for emergencies.  If your household needs to be evacuated you should make arrangements in case pets are not allowed in evacuation centres or hotels. Check to see if your animals can stay with local friends or family, and make a list of nearby hotels that accept pets and local animal boarding facilities.  Also consider their water, food and medication requirements when building your 72 hour kit. Don’t forget a toy or blanket for our animal kingdom companions as they will need some comfort items as well.  It is also important to have a recent copy of veterinary records in your kit, as well as to ensure that your pets have identification tags/marks/chips on them. If you are separated from your pets in an emergency, this will help reunite you with them as soon as possible.  

If you have a farm there are some things you can do to better safeguard your animals during disaster situations.  Consider options for animal shelter: secure access to a truck or trailer so that you can move your animals in an emergency and select locations to confine them in that do not have overhead power lines or a lot of trees.  It would also be helpful to have a separate emergency kit of farm supplies that had things like halters, buckets, tools (such as bolt cutters) and emergency items for vehicles and trailers.  For more information on emergency preparedness for farms see http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/frm-nmls/frm-nmls-eng.pdf 

72 Hour Kit Shopping List Items - Day Two:

  • Food that won’t spoil, canned food, energy bars, dried food, pet food (replace once a year)
  • Manual can opener
  • Crank or battery flashlight (extra batteries)
  • Crank or battery radio (extra batteries)

Who Depends on you in 72? - Kids

Kids depend on you!  Whether they are your children, nieces/nephews, cousins or friends, the younger ones depend on the adults in their lives to provide them guidance and calm before, during and after an emergency event.  Whether it is showing them when and why they should dial 911 or ensuring that they know the household emergency plan, this dialogue will let kids feel secure about helpful measures that are already in place if they ever need them.

Reinforce these key points with the kids in your life:

  • Make sure they know their first and last name and their parents or guardians first and last names (not just mommy or uncle).
  • Make sure they know their home address and phone number (include area code now).
  • Create a contact card that can be left in a child’s back pack that has important contact information. (Be sure to include an out of town contact that may not be affected by the emergency)
  • Know the kids’ school or daycare emergency plan. (How will they notify parents? Where do they evacuate to?)
  • Determine a safe place to meet if for whatever reason you can not return to your home (local grocery store, post office, with neighbours)
  • Make packing your home’s 72 hour emergency kit a family activity.  Include  recent pictures of family members and ask the kids to put some comfort items (teddy bear, books)

Every person in your family should play a role in preparing for an emergency, and all ages should know what is required if an emergency occurs. By taking advantage of everyday activities to practice for an emergency, the children in your family will have a tool kit of habits to draw from when they need it most.

72 Hour Kit Shopping List Items - Day One:

  • Find a back pack (the ones given at conferences work well!), suitcase, or large plastic container to put supplies in.
  • Water – 2 litres of water per person per day (include small bottles as well in case you are evacuated)
  • Blankets