Emergency Preparedness A fire, an earthquake, or a flood puts you and your family at risk. It's important to have an emergency kit with 72 hours of supplies as well as an escape plan for your family. Emergencies can happen at any time. Be it a winter storm, a springtime flood, summer hail or a fall tornado, having the essentials and an emergency plan prepared can keep you and your family comfortable and potentially even save a life.There is much to consider when developing a home emergency plan for your family, such as the following:Plan for specific crisis situations, e.g., a power outage, a flood or severe weather.Talk to your neighbours – plan ahead to share responsibilities.Know your home's exits and nearby safe meeting locations – not all family members may be at home when a crisis happens.Have detailed current contact lists for work and school as well as for any special health needs.If you must evacuate, know what basics to take such as identification, cash, cellphones and chargers, maps, pet food and more.In case of an emergency, it's best to be prepared. Download an ebook version of the Government of Canada's Your Emergency Preparedness Guide.Create a Home Emergency KitSome of the items that the Government of Canada suggests for an auto or home emergency kit include:Water – 2 litres per person per day, ideally in small bottles for easy transportationFood (e.g., non-spoilable granola bars, canned food and a manual can opener)A wind-up or regular flashlight and radio (and batteries)A first aid kit and fire extinguisherExtra keysA warm blanket, extra clothes and extra shoesCash – including small bills and change for pay phonesRoad flares and a whistle (in case you need to alert people)Road mapsA copy of your emergency plan, personal documents (License, Health Card, etc.) and daily prescriptions1 Sources:1Your Emergency Preparedness GuideVisit Public Safety Canada for more emergency preparedness information. Getting Ready: A Guide to Emergency PreparationDisaster, whether natural like a tornado or man-made such as a power outage, can strike at any time, in any place. While it’s impossible to stop disasters from happening, you can increase your readiness for them. This guide can help.Filing an Insurance ClaimSometimes life happens. If you’ve been in a collision or if your home has been burglarized or damaged in some way, you’ll want to get your life back to normal as quickly as possible. Useful LinksBuying Home InsuranceAs a homeowner, you need to insure your house for replacement costs so that in the event of serious damage or destruction you have adequate coverage. Be sure to keep your home insurance current by reporting material changes or upgrades.Home Inventory ApplicationA current inventory of your belongings makes it easier to file a claim. Keeping your records off-site is wise in case a fire or flood damages your property. Consider updating your home inventory each spring and advise your insurer of any major purchases.Emergency Preparedness GuideAs our flagship publication, this guide explains in greater detail the steps Canadians should take to become better prepared for emergencies. Included are a Family Emergency Plan template and list of emergency kit items.