Prepare Your Home
During a disaster, phone, gas, electrical and water services may be disrupted. Roads could be blocked, stores closed and gas stations out-of-service.
It may be weeks before infrastructure, utilities and essential services are restored. Are you prepared to cope?
Eleven Steps to a Prepared Household
- Identify the risks for your region
- Complete the PreparedBC: Household Emergency Plan (PDF), and identify at least two out-of-area contacts
- Pick a meeting spot in case you're separated from family members
- Assign someone to collect your children from school or daycare if you can’t
- Identify what official sources you’ll get information from
- Learn how to turn off utilities
- Store enough emergency water for your family for a minimum of three days
- Store enough emergency food to support your family for a minimum of three days
- Identify any special needs, such as medications, baby formula or pet food, and make sure a proper supply is on hand
- Secure your space if you live in an area where earthquakes are a risk
- Create grab-and-go bags for every member of your household