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Preparing for emergencies

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Photo: courtesy of Teenagers In Emergencies

Getting ready for emergencies is empowering.

Understanding the hazards or dangers in your area - and how to deal with them - will help you cope better if an emergency occurs.

Why is it good to be prepared?

  • It can make you feel safer
  • You reduce the risk injury to yourself and your loved ones, as well as pets and animals
  • You reduce the risk of damage to your property
  • Most people recover better after an emergency, financially and emotionally, if they are prepared
  • You can learn new skills

So, how do you get prepared?

  • Be informed - know the risks in your area, and who can help
  • Make a plan
  • Get an emergency kit
  • Talk to your neighbours about your plan

Visit Red Cross' REDiPlan page to get more info. We have booklets for children, seniors and people with disabilities. You can encourage your parents, younger brothers or sisters, grandparents and neighbours to get prepared too.