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Preparing for an Emergency

The Northwestern Health Unit provides information to help you be prepared for an emergency.

The health unit also has a unique role in emergencies in your community. 

Learn more about the health unit's role in emergency preparedness & response and what the health unit does in a public health emergency.
 By following the 3 basic steps to emergency preparedness you can make sure that you and your family have the ability to care for your needs during an emergency:

Step 1: make your plans (Plan)
Having an emergency plan is important. Often when emergencies happen, families aren't together and phones may not work. If you develop a plan ahead of time, everyone will know what to do when it really matters. At you can create your own plan.

You and your family should have three plans:
  • Emergency Plan
  • Family Communication Plan
  • Evacuation Plan

Step 2: get an emergency kit (Prepare)

Supplies are important in emergency situations and you should prepare to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Making an emergency kit should be part of your family action plan for emergencies. It should contain what you need to be comfortable in the days following an emergency. Remember to include plans for pets in your discussion about evacuation.

Step 3: know the risks (Be Aware)
In Northwestern Ontario there might be the following emergencies:
  • Weather like a flood, tornado, severe storm, or cold weather​.
  • Fire.
  • Disease outbreak (in a group) or pandemic (around the world).
  • A dangerous substance is release in air, ground or water​.

Be informed
There are two main ways that you can be informed about emergencies:

  • Sign up for Ontario's emergency alerts, and learn more about the hazards you can face and how you can be prepared for them.
  • During an emergency, you should stay tuned to local news channels. Be sure to have a portable, battery-operated or crank radio in your survival kit in case of power outages.
Staying safe and healthy during an emergency
Learn more about caring for a baby, food safety, and water safety during an emergency.
Returning home after an emergency
Find out what you need to know to return home safely after an emergency.  
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