Know the risks
Find out what natural and technological disasters could happen in your community. Prepare now, and know what to expect during each disaster. Your best protection in any emergency is in knowing what to do.
In Ottawa, it is a good idea to be prepared for the following emergencies:
- Infrastructure Failure
- Summer Storms
- Hazardous Material
- Winter Storm
- Terrorism/Public Safety
- Public Health
One of the easiest things you can do is to simply avoid potential emergency situations. Heed weather warnings and avoid driving and other activities in hazardous weather conditions.
Check out the seven steps to emergency preparedness, find out what you can do to help others and find out about emergency communications.
Your personal emergency plan: Before you begin
Before you begin, developing your personal emergency plan, take a few moments to consider the possible emergency situations or potential disasters you could face. These are situations and events that could impact you, your family or your neighbourhood or community.
Talk to your family members to get their views and assistance in building an action plan you and your family can follow to help reduce the possible effects of any emergency or disaster.
You may want to consider helping your neighbours do the same, especially those who are elderly or disabled.