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 1998 Flood, 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
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