How can I prepare to evacuate in an emergency?
• Create a trusted support network of at least 3 people to assist you during an emergency. Give them keys and add their contact information to a shared emergency plan.
The support network should be advised of any health conditions or medications, and shown how to operate specialized medical mobility equipment, such as lifts, wheelchairs, or scooters.
• Make arrangements for your support network to immediately check on you after a disaster.
What supplies should I have for an emergency?
Planning ahead and thinking about your personal needs in case of an emergency is important. Think about what you will need; make sure it is easily accessible, and as portable (easy to move) as possible.
Here's some basic items for an emergency and survival for 72 hours:
• Water (for drinking)– 4 litres per person per day for at least 3 days
• Food – At least a 3-day supply of nonperishable food and a manual can opener for cans
• First aid kit
• Cell phone with chargers, inverter, or solar charger
• Local maps and some cash in small bills
• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
• Seasonal clothing and footwear
• Garbage bags, moist towelettes, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Special items such as prescription medications, items for dietary needs, equipment for people with disabilities, and other items required for health conditions you may have
• Battery-powered or hand crank flashlight with extra batteries
• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and extra batteries
• Whistle, to signal for help
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A copy of your emergency plan, with a contact list with important names and numbers of family members, friends, health care providers, and caregivers
Additional supplies for an emergency:
• A small bag with extra keys for your car and house
• A change of clothing and footwear for each household member
• A sleeping bag or warm (foil) blanket for each household member
• Toilet paper and other personal care supplies
• Safety gloves
• Basic tools, such as hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, fasteners, and work gloves
• Small fuel-driven stove and fuel; follow manufacturer’s directions and store it properly
As part of your emergency plan, you may need some of the following items which can be put in a travel bag so they are ready to go:
• Personal papers and photo identification
• A medical history or summary of your health including any chronic conditions and recent surgery
• List of your medications and copies of prescriptions
• Extra medications and vitamin supplements
• Prescription eyewear and footwear
• Extra dentures and cleaner
• Hearing aids and extra batteries
• Mobility aids such as canes, walkers, and a raised toilet seat; consider whether you can take or use them during an emergency
• Special equipment for breathing
• Incontinence supplies
• Provide your family and friends with a contact list of friends, neighbours, agencies, health care providers, and caregivers.