Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighbourhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if you did not have water, gas, electricity or telephones after a major emergency? In the event of a large-scale incident, first response resources may quickly become overwhelmed you can aid municipal recourses through preparation. To ensure the safety and well-being of you and your family, you should prepare now to take care of your own basic needs for at least the first 72 hours (link to list in preparedness) following a major disaster.
• Check for injuries.
• Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people.
• Listen to your battery-powered radio or television for news and instructions from local authorities.
• Evacuate, if advised to do so. Wear suitable clothing and sturdy shoes.
• Check for damage in your home.
• Use flashlights. Do not use matches, lighters or turn on electrical switches. The potential for a gas leak resulting from the pilot light which has gone out on your hot water heater or furnace can cause an explosion due to leaking gas.
• Check on your neighbours, especially elderly or disabled persons.
• Make sure you have an adequate water supply in case service is cut off.
• Stay away from downed power lines.
• Confine or secure your pet.
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