Emergency Preparedness Kit Checklist
Written by Jillian Cathcart, Coordinator, Health Emergency Management BC

Health Emergency Management BC encourages all staff to take three simple steps to better prepare ourselves and our families in the case of emergencies.

As health care professionals, we recognize the very real impact that a disaster could have on the people we serve and the demand for our services. Being properly prepared helps our community by ensuring that we continue to provide the best health care possible.

During Emergency Preparedness Week, May 6 to 12, Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC) encourages all staff to take three simple steps to better prepare ourselves and our families. It is important to:

  1. Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare.
  2. Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do.
  3. Get an emergency kit – During an emergency, we will all need some basic supplies. We may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.

This week, you are encouraged to take concrete actions to be better prepared. Please do your part. Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better at home and at work - both during and after a major disaster. Get an emergency kit now - it can make a world of difference.

Visit GetPrepared for further information on personal preparedness, or visit us on the Emergency Management web page on FH Pulse for more resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies. To learn more about emergency preparedness at work, contact your site’s Health Emergency Management BC representative.

On Twitter? Follow HEMBC @BCHealthEM for emergency preparedness tips and resources that you can share with your network.


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