How to Prepare for an Emergency

Simple Steps Can Help People Weather A Storm

At any time, in any place, and without warning, an emergency can happen. In Sault Ste. Marie, we could experience emergencies as diverse and unpredictable as severe weather, power outages, floods, water contamination, or a hazardous material spill. Whether it’s a natural or man-made disaster, no one can predict such an event – but we can be prepared.

Now is the perfect opportunity to take a look at your home and business to reduce risk and ensure you are prepared to cope on your own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while rescue workers help those in urgent need.

Simple steps can be taken such as:

• Installing the drainage pipe for downspouts a sufficient distance from your residence to enable water to move away from the building in the event of a major rain storm. 
• Removing existing rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage to people and/or property during a severe thunderstorm.

Preparing for an emergency is something the whole family can do. By following a few easy steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies and minimize the impact of a potential disaster.

• Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to your community and region can help us better prepare.
• Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do if disaster strikes. We should all practice what to do in different emergency situations.
• Prepare an emergency kit – During an emergency, we may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared with basic supplies, enough to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.

Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better - both during and after a major disaster. Please do your part! Get prepared now – it will make a world of difference.

Visit www.ontario.ca/beprepared  for information and resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies.

Lauren Perry
Community Emergency Management Coordinator
City of Sault Ste. Marie
705-541-5173
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