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?

Completing the steps in the PreparedBC: Household Preparedness Guide (PDF) and filling in the blanks of the PreparedBC: Household Emergency Plan (PDF) will help you answer "yes".

Eleven Steps to a Prepared Household

  1. Identify the risks for your region
  2. Complete the PreparedBC: Household Emergency Plan (PDF), and identify at least two out-of-area contacts
  3. Pick a meeting spot in case you're separated from family members
  4. Assign someone to collect your children from school or daycare if you can’t
  5. Identify what official sources you’ll get information from
  6. Learn how to turn off utilities
  7. Store enough emergency water for your family for a minimum of three days
  8. Store enough emergency food to support your family for a minimum of three days
  9. Identify any special needs, such as medications, baby formula or pet food, and make sure a proper supply is on hand
  10. Secure your space if you live in an area where earthquakes are a risk
  11. Create grab-and-go bags for every member of your household

Household Preparedness in 11 Easy Steps

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