Make an Emergency Plan

Disasters and emergencies can be a confusing and difficult experience for everyone. A household plan will help you cope with the stress of an emergency or disaster. There are many factors to consider when planning for an emergency and it is important to be prepared for any situation. For example, consider that your family may not be together when an emergency occurs and discuss what you would do in different situations.

Emergency contact list

A list of emergency numbers should be kept in your home and on your cellphone – include the work and cellphone numbers for each person in your family or home. Consider creating contact cards for each family member to keep on them at all times.

Use the Emergency contact card as a template for your family’s emergency contact list.

You can find more information about Communicating during an emergency HERE

Plan for the entire household

Everyone in your household should know and understand your emergency plan. 


If you have children, be mindful when discussing emergencies with them. Remind them that if an emergency happens, someone will be there to help.Tell your children about your emergency contact list including who each number is for and put a contact list for their school in their backpacks. You should also ask your children's school or daycare about their emergency policies, and make sure they have updated contact information. 

Read Helping children during emergencies HERE.

Families with special needs

Establish a personal support network of people who understand your special needs. Write a list of the specific details about your special needs including; accommodation needs, insurance information, emergency contacts, and medical history. Share this list with your personal support network and keep a copy of this list within your emergency kit. 

For more information, read Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities / Special Needs

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