May 8, 2012
London Health Sciences Centre is pleased to recognize Emergency Preparedness Week. As health professionals we have a very important role to play in emergency preparedness. Being prepared and planning ahead is critical to protecting the health and safety of ourselves and our patients, as well as responding to the health needs of the public during an emergency or disaster.
Emergency Preparedness Week is held annually to promote the importance of personal preparedness in reducing risks and lessening the consequences of a disaster. The theme of this year’s awareness week is “Your Emergency Plan – Making It Work”.
Did you know that if a disaster happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you? You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.
The following are some quick and easy steps that you can take to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.
STEP 1: Know the risks
Although the consequences of various disasters can be similar, knowing the risks in your region can help you better prepare. To learn how to prepare for emergencies or to find out what hazards exist in your community visit www.ontario.ca/beprepared.
STEP 2: Make a plan
Every Canadian household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and your family to know what to do in case of an emergency. It will take you only 20 minutes to make your plan. Your family may not be together when an emergency occurs. Plan how and where to meet.
STEP 3: Get an emergency kit
In an emergency, you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.
Make It Work
Now that you have your plan and kit put them to work!
- Take an alternate route to and from the hospital in case of a road closure
- Test your evacuation plan at home and have everyone meet at your meeting place. Did you bring your kit?
- Ask your children where they would go and how they would reach you if they couldn’t get home from school
- Talk to your leader at work and book an exercise for your department/office