Emergencies are a fact of life. They occur in communities and cities around the world, and they have the potential to put your health, safety and security at risk. In any given year, the SLRD could experience flooding, debris flows, extreme winter weather, and wildland interface fires, among other emergencies. There are simple steps you can take to help protect yourself and your loved ones during an emergency.
Why is it important to be ‘emergency ready’?
Depending on the nature of the emergency:
- You may need to look after your own needs and those of your family, pets and livestock for at least 72 hours after an emergency occurs;
- You may need to evacuate your home or your animals with little or no notice;
- You may have to ‘shelter in place’ with little or no access to external sources of food, water and other supplies.
What does it mean to be ‘emergency ready’?
Being emergency ready means that:
- You have an emergency plan in place so that you and your family know what to do in an emergency;
- You have an emergency kit at home, work and in your vehicle, with food, water and supplies to last at least 72 hours;
- You have insurance to help protect your home and family.