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Emergency Plan

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Emergency Plan

All Prescott residents should be prepared for an emergency.

Your family should be prepared and have an emergency plan. The objective of a family emergency plan is to be prepared to be self-sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours.  To prepare, consider the following when setting up your plan and discuss this plan with family and friends so they know what you would do in an emergency.

  • An out of area contact, someone each member of the family can call in case of an emergency - a person who can help family members stay in touch and get together if they are separated.  This should be someone far enough away and not affected by the same situation.
  • Temporary accommodation for your family (a friend's place, other family or a hotel) where you can stay for a few days in case you are evacuated.
  • Temporary accommodation for your pets if the above temporary accommodation does not include pets.  Alternate accommodation such as kennels, and/or the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) may need to be considered
  • Have all important contact information listed in your family emergency plan (local emergency numbers, out of town contacts, family contacts, work numbers, school/daycare numbers, temporary accommodation numbers and other important numbers).
  • Health information should be recorded and list or make copies of all your prescriptions.
  • Give a copy of your plan to each family member, out of area contacts, your children's school/daycare, and post a copy near your telephone and one in your emergency kit.

Build an Emergency Survival Kit

An emergency survival kit should have everything you and your family would need to be safe and take care of yourselves for at least three days, immediately following an emergency. The following is a checklist of items you may want to include in the kit.

  • Food (non-perishable/easy to prepare items, enough for 3 days). Include a manual can opener.
  • Bottled water (4 litres per person for each day).
  • Medication(s).
  • Flashlight and Extra batteries.
  • Radio (crank or battery-run).
  • First-aid kit.
  • Candles and matches/lighter.
  • Hand sanitizer or moist towelettes.
  • Important papers (identification, contact lists, copies of prescriptions, etc).
  • Extra car keys and cash.
  • Whistle (to attract attention, if needed).
  • Zip lock bags to keep things dry.
  • Garbage bags.

Special consideration should be made for babies and small children i.e., diapers, formula, bottles, comfort items, for those requiring medical supplies and equipment, and any other items specific to your family's needs.  You should also consider supplies and food for your pet.

In the case of evacuation, extra supplies such as clothes, shoes, sleeping bags/blankets, personal items such as toothpaste, shampoo, other toiletries and playing cards, games and other activities for children.

Pack the contents of your kit in an easy to carry bag or case with wheels and tore your kit in a place that is easy to reach and ensure everyone knows where it is located. When building your kit, purchase items over a few weeks, not all at once. Remember that your water supply is meant to cover what you would drink as well as what you might need for food preparation, hygiene and dishwashing.

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada has the following self-help brochures to prepare you for almost any emergency:


  • Be Prepared, Not Scared - Emergency Preparedness Starts with You.
  • Preparing for the Unexpected.
  • Winter Power Failures.
  • Winter driving - you, your car, and winter storms.
  • Severe storms.
  • Floods (what to do before and after).
  • Prepare for the Woods.