Make a plan
For your child
The first step for preparing for your child is to do just that. Make sure each of your children have a kit available for them. It can be kept at home or school or maybe you have one at each! The next step though is to sit down and prepare for the scenario logistically.
On paper write down;
1. After an emergency or event who is responsible for picking up your child? Perhaps it is you or your spouse or maybe a neighbour or Grandparent, talk about it and plan for it. Will you pick up your child if you have a second child to care for too? Consider all factors.
2. Consider how you plan to pick up your child from school. What if the road is impassable? Power lines go down, trees fall, roads buckle. What route will you take and is there a secondary route you could take if necessary to reach the school? Print a map off and highlight "Route 1" and "Route 2" Keep this in your kit.
3. What are your child's school or daycare's procedures for pick up after an emergency? Where will the pick up occur ie: School field? Educate yourself and ask the school to have a practice scenario so all families are aware of their procedures. The more you know the less chaotic it will hopefully seem after the event occurs.
For your home
It will take you about 20 minutes to make a family emergency plan online. You can then print it out and tuck it away with your Grab'n'Go bags or home emergency supplies.
Before starting, you will need to think about:
- Safe exits from home and neighbourhood
- Meeting places to reunite with family or roommates
- Designated person to pick up children should you be unavailable
- Contact persons close-by and out-of-town
- Health and insurance information
- Places for your pet to stay
- Risks in your region
- Location of your fire extinguisher, water valve, electrical panel, gas valve and floor drain
We recommend using either the Federal Government's site Get Prepared to make an emergency plan. Check it out here
For families in BC we recommend the Provincial Governments's site PreparedBC Fill-in-the-blanks Emergency Plan. Check it out here.
"Emergency Plans are living documents"