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SENIOR SAFETY


SENIOR SAFETY Step 2:


LEARN HOW YOU WILL BE INFORMED OF AN EMERGENCY


You may be informed of an emergency through the media (television, radio broadcast) or directly by emergency responders, the police who come to your home. Learn more about notification in your community, please contact Brantford’s Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) at 519-759-4346.


Step 3: DEVELOP A FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN


Once you know what types of emergencies can happen in your community, develop a family emergency plan. Discussing emergency situations ahead of time will help to reduce fear and anxiety and will help everyone know how to respond.


Pick two places to meet: • Right outside of your home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire


• Outside of your neighborhood in case you can’t return home or are asked to leave your neighborhood.


• Everyone must know the address and phone number of both of the meeting places.


Develop an emergency communications plan. In case family members are separated from one another during an emergency, have a plan for getting back together.


Ask an out-of-town relative or friend to be your family contact. Your contact should live outside of your area. After an emergency it is often easier to make a long distance call than a local call. Family members should call the contact and tell him or her where they are. Everyone must know the contact’s name, address and phone number.


Discuss what to do if authorities ask you to evacuate. Before an emergency happens, make arrangements for a place to stay with a friend or relative who lives out of town.


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Make arrangements for the care of your pets in the event of an emergency. With the exception of service animals, pets are generally not permitted in emergency evacuation centres. Before an emergency happens, plan where you would take your pets if you could not take them with you to a public emergency evacuation centre. For more information about pets and


emergencies, go to City of Brantford website www.brantfordfire.ca/associatedDocs/em_pets.pdf


Step 4:


PREPARE AN EMERGENCY SURVIVAL KIT


Being prepared for an emergency includes the preparation of an emergency survival kit. An emergency survival kit contains all of the basic items you need to remain comfortable for at least three days immediately after or during an emergency.


It is important the contents of your emergency survival kit are kept all together in an easy to carry container or bag in the event you have to leave your home as a result of an emergency. This will ensure you have all of your basic supplies with you. You should keep your emergency survival kit in an easy-to-reach location.


The Emergency Survival Checklist below outlines the basic items every individual should have:


• Flashlight and batteries • Radio and batteries or crank radio • Spare batteries (for radio and flashlight) • First-aid kit • Telephone that can work during a power disruption • Candles and matches/lighter • Extra car keys and cash • Important papers (identification) • Non-perishable food (ready-to-eat items that do not require refrigeration)


• Manual can opener • Bottled water (4 litres per person per day) • Clothing and footwear • Blankets or sleeping bag • Toilet paper and other personal items


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