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How to Prepare for Emergencies Important Information for Seniors Today’s Agenda Anytime, Anywhere York Region’s Top 5 Two Scenarios Staying Put Time to Go Research Findings For Further Information Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere Pine Lake, AB tornado 2000

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How to Prepare for Emergencies

Important Information

forSeniors


Today’s Agenda

  • Anytime, Anywhere

  • York Region’s Top 5

  • Two Scenarios

  • Staying Put

  • Time to Go

  • Research Findings

  • For Further Information


Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere

Pine Lake, AB

tornado 2000

Okanagan, BC Forest Fire2003

Hurricane Juan, NS 2003

Peterborough, ON

Quebec/Ontario Ice Storm 1998Flood, 2004


What is an Emergency?

“A situation or an impending situation that constitutes a danger of major proportions that could result in:

  • serious harm to persons or

  • substantial damage to property…


Definition (cont.)

…and that is caused by:

  • The force of nature,

  • A disease or other health risk,

  • An accident, or

  • An act, either intentional or otherwise.”

    Ontario Emergency Management & Civil Protection Act


Forces of Nature


Disease or health risk


An accident


An act, either intentional or otherwise


York Region’s Top 5 Threats

1. Widespread, epidemic disease in humans


York Region’s Top 5 Threats (cont.)

2. Widespread, multi-day power outages from severe winter storms


York Region’s Top 5 Threats (cont.)

3. Slow onset floods from heavy sustained rainfall


York Region’s Top 5 Threats (cont.)

4. Widespread property damage from severe summer storms


York Region’s Top 5 Threats (cont.)

5. Transportation-Hazardous materials incidents


2 Possible Emergency Scenarios

You may be instructed to:

  • Stay (shelter in place)

  • Leave (evacuate)

    Prepare for both!


Staying Put (Shelter in Place)

Prepare to shelter in place by storing:

  • Water

  • Food

  • First aid supplies

  • Medications

  • Tools and supplies


Shelter in Place

1. Three days worth of water

4 litres per person

per day X 3 days


Shelter in Place (cont.)

2. Three days worth of food per person

Don’t forget your pets!


Shelter in Place (cont.)

3. First aid supplies


Shelter in Place (cont.)

4. Medications

Keep extra prescription

& non-prescription

medications on hand


Shelter in Place (cont.)

5. Tools and supplies


Time to go!(Evacuate)

a) Prepare to evacuate by assembling a

“Go bag” in advance


What you will need

Your Go Bag contents:

1. Water (2 litres/person/day x 3 days)

2. Food – nutritious snacks

3. Health care items


Go Bag (cont.)

4. Photocopies of important family documents

5. Other supplies


Want to Buy a Go Bag?

  • Canadian Red Cross

    (www.redcross.ca)

    Also available at Region of York

    Red Cross branch

  • St. John Ambulance

    (www.sja.ca)

    Also available at Zeller’s, Canadian Tire


Time to go!(Evacuate)

2. Think through your communication plan

  • Who will you call if you need help?

  • Who will be your out-of-area contact?

  • Where is your pre-arranged meeting place?

  • What other important numbers would you need?


Time to go!(Evacuate)

3. Plan for your pets

  • If you have

    to evacuate

    bring pets

    with you


Plan for Your Pets (cont.)

Pets, other than service animals, are not allowed in public reception centres or some hotels

Some Options:

  • Pre-arrange with family or friends

  • Identify “pet-friendly” hotels, boarding facilities


Plan for Your Pets (cont.)

Assemble a Pet Emergency Kit

  • Medications

  • Medical & vaccine records

  • Vet contact information

  • Leash/harness

  • Carrier

  • Photo of pet

  • Food for 3 days

  • Water

  • Bowls

  • Cat litter & pan

  • Pet bed


Seniors & Emergencies: Key Research Findings

1. Seniors have manystrengths,abilities & experiences to draw upon to help themselves and others in disasters.


Seniors & Emergencies: Key Research Findings (cont.)

2. Physical challenges associated with agingcan put seniors at higher risk during emergencies

  • Mobility challenges

  • Chronic illnesses

  • Sensory decline


Seniors & Emergencies: Key Research Findings (cont.)

3. Support networks with neighbours, community groups, friends and family are vital for your safety in an emergency

  • 2003 European heat wave

  • Isolation, communication


Seniors & Emergencies: Key Research Findings (cont.)

4. If you need prescription medications:

a) List of medications,

conditions, & doctors’

contact information in wallet

(with a copy in Grab & Go bag)

b) Extra medication

on hand. Bring your meds

if you have to evacuate

(monitor expiry dates)


In Summary…

Emergencies will happen.

By planning ahead

& taking time to prepare

seniors can significantly

increase our resilience

to emergencies

& disasters


Where to Get Further Information

1. York Region Emergency Preparedness Guide

1-877-464-9675

www.york.ca


Where to Get Further Information

2.Public Safety Canada

Your Emergency

Preparedness Guide

1 800 O-CANADA

(1 800 622-6232)

www.getprepared.ca


Where to Get Further Information

3. Emergency Management Ontario

Emergency Preparedness

Guide

1-877-314-3723

www.ontario.ca/emo


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