Emergency Preparedness - Disaster Survival Tips Natural disasters are hitting Canadians with increasing frequency and severity. It’s important to understand the natural hazards to which your community is exposed so you can plan ahead for worst-case scenarios. The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) suggests simple steps that you can take before, during and after a natural disaster. Protect yourself, your family and your home in the event of:EarthquakesHurricanesLightning and Hail Tornadoes Winter Storms Be Prepared for Any DisasterCreate a family emergency plan. This should include escape routes from your home and your community. Choose an emergency meeting place where your family can gather.Every family emergency plan should include a disaster safety kit. A disaster kit can help you through the first 72 hours following a major disaster. For more information about the insurance industry’s efforts to help make Canadians safer, the impact of natural disasters and simple steps you can take to be safer, visit ICLR. Additional Resources and InformationVisit Public Safety Canada’s Get Prepared website for more emergency preparedness information. Top 10 Items to Include in an Emergency Kit(Full size image) Related ServicesDisaster Safety KitWhen a natural disaster occurs, it can take first responders as long as 72 hours to reach people in non-critical situations. Useful LinksRisk Management - Home InsuranceAs a homeowner, being aware of your risks and taking action to limit your liabilities can help you protect your most valuable assets. Learn how to take control and manage risk in today’s increasingly litigious world. Public Safety CanadaPublic Safety Canada was created in 2003 to ensure coordination across all federal departments and agencies responsible for national security and the safety of Canadians. Our mandate is to keep Canadians safe from a range of risks such as natural disasters, crime and terrorism.Are you ready for an emergency?When there’s an emergency, like a bad winter storm, a hurricane, or fire, you need to be ready to get by on your own for at least the first 72 hours.