- Review potential risks and hazards in your area
- Make an emergency plan and know it well
- Build a kit
- Stay informed and up-to-date on potential emergency situations
Know the Risks
- Extreme Heat
- Blizzards and extreme cold
- Driving in Winter
- Power outages
- Severe storms
Making a personal emergency plan and knowing it well can help you remain calm during a disaster.
- Evacuation plan from home
- Meeting places
- Emergency contact information
- Communication plan (if located in poor cell phone service)
Click here to use a personal emergency plan template and get started making a plan for you and your family.
- Shut all windows & doors; lock the door when you leave
- Remove window shades & curtains
- Close metal window shutters
- Move furniture to center of room, away from windows & doors
- Shut off gas at the meter & turn off pilot lights
- Shut off air conditioning
Remote locations, poor cell phone coverage, farm animals, and hazardous material means that rural landowners will have additional considerations to prepare for an emergency.
- Farmstead site map
- Emergency phone numbers
- The location of your property: both legal land description and municipal ("green sign") address
- Open gates between pens and pastures to give the animals more room to escape the hazard.
- Put extra feed and water out where the animals can get to it, as it may be a few days before you are allowed to return home.
Click here for a detailed checklist of what to include in your emergency kit.
- Food & water
- Clothing & bedding
- Sources of light & fuel
- First aid & personal hygiene
- Important documents & identification
- Supplies for pets
Just like your emergency plan, living on a farm will change what to include in your emergency kit.
- Water, feed, and buckets
- Current listing of animals, including location and record of vaccinations
- Handling equipment appropriate for each kind of animal
- Tools to quickly free animals in an emergency
- Animal first-aid kits
One of the most important things to do during an emergency is to keep up to date with information, updates, evacuation alerts or shelter-in-place notifications. Direction from authorities can change quickly, so staying informed could save your life!
Stay informed with emergency situations by connecting with municipal, provincial, and federal alerting channels.
Emergency Alerting Systems: