Why prepare for emergencies?
Being prepared also allows you to take care of yourself and your family and neighbours in a disaster, and reduces fear and anxiety, as well as the risk of injury or loss. It reduces the impact of a disaster on your property and allows emergency responders to deal with major emergencies first.
You can prepare for most emergencies by having basic supplies on hand in an easily-accessible place in your home. In most emergency situations, responders will be extremely busy and unable to reach you and your loved ones for days. Having these supplies allows you to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours following a disaster, including providing for shelter, first aid, food, water and sanitation.
Check here for a list of items you should include in an Basic Emergency Kit.
What emergencies should you prepare for?
It's important to be ready for any emergency, but part of being prepared means knowing what types of disasters can happen in your area. In Pitt Meadows, our geographical location and some of the unique features of our community mean that we have certain issues to keep in mind when preparing for potential emergencies.
Each of the following pages contains information for you to know in the case of each type of emergency.
Emergencies and the Disabled
If you have special needs, it is a good idea to have a plan ahead of time so that your needs will be met in an emergency, or that you can take care of yourself if you are unable to leave your home for a period of time.
Establish a network of neighbours, friends and family who can help you during an emergency or evacuation.
Have an emergency preparedness kit with extra food and water, medications and other aids or items you will need specific to your disability.
Find out if your pharmacist will deliver in case you are housebound.