Make a Plan

Knowing what to do in an emergency will reduce anxiety and help keep you focused and safe.

To make a plan for how you will respond to a disaster, start by compiling vital information that you will need to help you manage in an emergency:

  • A list of important personal contacts — choose a primary contact person (Listen to the radio or TV for phone-use instructions, then call your contact person to say how you are, where you are, and what your plans are. Keep the call short and, if possible, arrange to call back at a specified time for another check-in).
  • One out-of-province contact (After a major disaster, local phone service may be limited, so phone your out-of-area contact to keep in touch with your family).
  • A local meeting place for family and friends to convene after an emergency.
  • A designated person who can pick up children, if you are unable.
  • A designated person who can check in on pets, if you are unable.

For household, family, and pet planning, click here to take advantage of these helpful resources.

Planning for People with Disabilities

If you are a person with a disability or if you are preparing to help someone with a disability, visit the Disability Alliance website and take a look at the Personal Preparedness Checklist to assist you with the planning process. Please take the time to look through the entire Prepare to Survive: Prepare to Help planning document and explore Prepared BC for more resources.


Additional considerations

  • Your ability to communicate may be restricted.
  • Your surroundings may change and look unfamiliar.
  • Your service animal or guide dog may be hurt or frightened.
  • Your health may be impacted by stress or confusion.

Most importantly, take time to create a trusted list of at least three people to assist you during an emergency. Add their contact information to a department emergency plan. You should also advise members of your personal support network of any health conditions or medications, and make sure to show them how to operate specialized medical or mobility equipment.


Local phone lines may be jammed in an emergency

Have a designated contact outside of town, someone each family member is instructed to check with to let them know you are safe. Everyone may be using the phone at the same time, so making a long-distance call is actually easier.



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