Prepare your family emergency plan Emergency situations are unpredictable, and often happen when the family is dispersed. Having an emergency plan will save you time and reduce your stress in an emergency situation. Think of different scenarios (kids at school, family members far away, inaccessible neighbourhoods, telephone out of order, etc.).
Prepare your 72-hour kit In an emergency, you will need a few basic things. You may need to make do without electricity or running water. Be prepared to manage on your own for at least 72 hours. Your kit should be easy to carry (e.g. backpack, duffel bag or suitcase on wheels) and stored in a place that is easy to reach and known to everyone (e.g. entrance hall closet).
Identify the risks in your environment Scan your home, school or workplace for potential risks such as items that could fall down in an earthquake, and secure them. Figure out which furniture and items are likely to fall and cause injuries, and either remove or secure them.
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