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What is an Emergency Plan and Why You Need to Have One

Know what to do before a potential disaster occurs by preparing an emergency plan for your business or household.

Know what to do before a potential disaster occurs by preparing an emergency plan for your business or household.

“Know the risks. Plan. Get a kit.” Our property restoration company believes that this sage advice from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is what you need to be prepared and protect yourself and your family from disasters. We look at what an emergency plan is and what you should include in your plan and emergency kit —for both households and businesses— to keep your family and employees safe. And make sure to put Proserve DKI’s number on file in case you experience a disaster such as a flood, fire, or any other type of property damage.

What is an Emergency Plan?

An emergency plan provides an overview of procedures in an emergency or disaster such as a flood or fire. Preparedness is key to a good emergency plan. Before devising your plan make sure you know:

  • What potential risks lie in your region by checking in with local emergency authorities
  • Who to call in case of an emergency (make sure to include a property restoration company)
  • Location of every member of your household or business by making a record of all cellular numbers and points of contact.
  • Location of your emergency plan and kit. Make sure to inform all members of your household and business of your plan’s location.

What Information Should You Include in your Emergency Plan?

For households:

Your emergency plan should be spelled out and made visible for everyone in your household to see and learn. Include this information in your emergency plan:

  • A floorplan of your home detailing all the emergency exits and the location of all smoke/fire alarms and fire extinguishers.
  • A safe meeting place outside of your home where everyone should go in the event of a disaster.
  • An evacuation route from your neighbourhood in case of a spreading wildfire or flood.
  • A personal support network and plan of action for families with young children or members with specific health needs.
  • A plan of action for evacuating your pets or farm animals.

For the workplace:

The Government of Alberta requires all employers to have an emergency response plan in place, no matter the business size. A workplace emergency response plan must include:

  • Identification of potential emergencies
  • Procedures for all identified emergencies
  • Identification and location of emergency equipment with operational procedures and training requirements
  • Location and use of emergency facilities
  • Fire protection requirements
  • Alarm and emergency communication requirements
  • First aid services
  • Rescue and evacuation procedures
  • Designated rescue and evacuation meeting place (muster station)

What Should you Include In your Emergency Kit?

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo suggests that you include all these items in your emergency kit:

  • Non-perishable canned or packaged food for each member of your family (including a can opener)
  • Two litres of fresh water per person, per day
  • Wind up or battery-powered flashlight with extra batteries
  • Wind up or battery-powered radio with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Cash, travellers’ cheques and change
  • Important family documents (identification, insurance papers, etc.)

Read our fire restoration safety tips, Are Pets a Fire Hazard?

Have you experienced a flood, fire, or other disasters? Call Proserve DKI at 1-780-791-3663 for 24/7 365-day emergency disaster relief, including water, sewer, smoke, fire, wind, and biohazard cleanup and restoration services.