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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

How to Prepare for Emergencies

Important Information

forSeniors

today s agenda
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
Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere

Pine Lake, AB

tornado 2000

Okanagan, BC Forest Fire2003

Hurricane Juan, NS 2003

Peterborough, ON

Quebec/Ontario Ice Storm 1998 Flood, 2004

what is an emergency
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…
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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

york region s top 5 threats
York Region’s Top 5 Threats

1. Widespread, epidemic disease in humans

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York Region’s Top 5 Threats (cont.)

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

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York Region’s Top 5 Threats (cont.)

3. Slow onset floods from heavy sustained rainfall

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York Region’s Top 5 Threats (cont.)

4. Widespread property damage from severe summer storms

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York Region’s Top 5 Threats (cont.)

5. Transportation-Hazardous materials incidents

2 possible emergency scenarios
2 Possible Emergency Scenarios

You may be instructed to:

  • Stay (shelter in place)
  • Leave (evacuate)

Prepare for both!

staying put shelter in place
Staying Put (Shelter in Place)

Prepare to shelter in place by storing:

  • Water
  • Food
  • First aid supplies
  • Medications
  • Tools and supplies
shelter in place
Shelter in Place

1. Three days worth of water

4 litres per person

per day X 3 days

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Shelter in Place (cont.)

2. Three days worth of food per person

Don’t forget your pets!

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Shelter in Place (cont.)

3. First aid supplies

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Shelter in Place (cont.)

4. Medications

Keep extra prescription

& non-prescription

medications on hand

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Shelter in Place (cont.)

5. Tools and supplies

time to go evacuate
Time to go!(Evacuate)

a) Prepare to evacuate by assembling a

“Go bag” in advance

what you will need
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
Go Bag (cont.)

4. Photocopies of important family documents

5. Other supplies

want to buy a go bag
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

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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?
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Time to go!(Evacuate)

3. Plan for your pets

  • If you have

to evacuate

bring pets

with you

plan for your pets cont
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
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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
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
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
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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
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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
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
Where to Get Further Information

1. York Region Emergency Preparedness Guide

1-877-464-9675

www.york.ca

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Where to Get Further Information

2.Public Safety Canada

Your Emergency

Preparedness Guide

1 800 O-CANADA

(1 800 622-6232)

www.getprepared.ca

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Where to Get Further Information

3. Emergency Management Ontario

Emergency Preparedness

Guide

1-877-314-3723

www.ontario.ca/emo

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