When it comes to emergencies, preparedness is key. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency may make all the difference in regards to safeguarding individuals, limiting loss and increasing the rate of recovery. Knowing the risks and exposing vulnerabilities helps to prepare for their potential to occur suddenly, whilst also developing forms of resilience.
There are 3 basics steps towards emergency preparedness
- Be Informed: Know the potential risks and hazards; how authorities will respond; what you should do before, during and after an emergency.
- Make a Plan: Create a communications and action plan for yourself and with your family/friends.
- Build a Kit: Prepare an emergency supplies kit to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.
The best prevention programs cannot eliminate the possibility of a serious emergency at home or on campus. So how else can you prepare in case of emergency?
- Read our Emergency Guide thoroughly and keep a copy on hand.
- Participate in practice drills and training.
- Arrange and rehearse a departmental/office emergency plan consistent with the Emergency Guide.
- Become familiar with at least two exits from your work area to the outside of your building. Learn the location of pull stations and extinguishers.
- Take a CPR and first aid course (EHS offers this service to McGill staff and students. Register here).
- Keep an emergency kit that includes the following supplies:
- Flashlight and spare batteries
- Battery-operated radio
- Non-perishable food
- Water (at least 4 litres)
- Medication (3 days' worth)
- Clothing (1 complete change of clothing)
- Personal hygiene items
- Copy of emergency contact numbers.
Get Prepared [Government of Canada]
The "Get Prepared" campaign encourages Canadians to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency, enabling first responders to focus on those in urgent need.
Emergency Preparedness [Health Canada]
For emergencies involving public health, Health Canada provides support and scientific expertise to assist the Public Health Agency of Canada in its preparedness activities.
Public Health Agency of Canada
Emergency preparedness and response information on various potential risks (such as food safety, public health security, pandemics)