NEW BRUNSWICK EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION
Here are a few tips to help prepare for an emergency:
KNOW THE RISKS
Although the consequences of various disasters can be similar, knowing risks for any event will help you better prepare. Risks vary by region but can affect the province as a whole. Natural disasters, such as flooding, hurricanes, Nor’easters, or sudden events, such as train derailments and power outages, can happen at any time. Knowing the risks can help you better prepare for these disasters.
MAKE A PLAN
Every household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. It will take you about 20 minutes to make your plan.
Your family may not be together when an emergency occurs. Plan how to meet or how to contact one another, and discuss what you would do in different situations.
Use the following pages to create your plan. Most of this information can be filled out on your own. You may need to get some information from your municipality and the province about their emergency plans. A list of municipal emergency management agencies is available at the end of this guide.
Keep this booklet in an easy-to-access place and use it as a handy, informative guide if you should need it.
GET AN EMERGENCY KIT
In an emergency, you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.
You may have some of these items already, such as food, water and a battery-operated or crank flashlight. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Would you be able to find your flashlight in the dark?
Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. Keep it in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place such as your front hall closet. If you have many people in your household, your emergency kit could get heavy. It’s a good idea to separate some of these supplies in backpacks. That way, your kit will be more portable and each person can personalize his/her own grab-and-go emergency kit.
What do you put in your emergency kit?
A basic emergency kit should contain the following: Water – at least two litres of water per person per day for a minimum of 72 hours; include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order. Food – that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried food (replace food and water once a year and be mindful of expiry dates). Manual can opener Crank, solar or battery-powered flashlights and radio. Check and replace batteries once a year. First aid kit. Extra keys to your vehicle(s) and home. A copy of your emergency plan and contact information. If applicable, other items such as prescription medications, infant formula, pet food, and equipment for people with special needs (personalize accordingly).
Recommended additional items Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning. Candles and matches or lighter (keep candles in deep, sturdy containers and do not burn unattended). Change of clothing and footwear for each household member. Sleeping bags/warm blankets for each household member. Toiletries. Hand sanitizer. Utensils. Garbage bags. Household chlorine bleach or water purifying tablets (to make water potable). Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, work gloves, dust mask, pocket knife). A whistle (in case you need to attract attention). Duct tape (to tape up windows, doors, air vents, etc.).
Various kits and supplies are available for sale from commercial entities.
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