May 7, 2012
IBC offers tips for Emergency Preparedness Week
TORONTO — May 7, 2012 — It is Emergency Preparedness Week, a reminder that everyone has a role to play in being prepared for an emergency. This week Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) encourages Canadians to follow some simple steps so you will become better prepared.
“Our industry has seen first-hand the devastating impact that disasters can have on individuals, families and communities,” said Ralph Palumbo, Vice-President, Ontario, IBC. “Insurers will be there to help when disasters strike, but a little preparation can go a long way to minimize the impact of an emergency.”
One of the prime reasons to be “emergency-savvy” is that it could take emergency workers some time to reach you. According to Public Safety Canada you should be able to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.
These tips will help you to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies:
- Know the risks in your region. Be better prepared by identifying the most common hazards specific to your region.
- Make a solid emergency plan. Having a plan will help you and your family know exactly what to do in case of emergency.
- Have an emergency kitwith basic supplies. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 3 days.
- During an emergencyknow what to do and who to call in different circumstances.
- Learn who does what during an emergencybecause we all have a role to play.
- After an emergencyknow what you need to do.
- Always keep a home inventory of your possessions including receipts, photographs or video footage in advance and be prepared when disaster strikes.
(Source: Insurance Bureau of Canada and Public Safety Canada)