Preparing for an Evacuation and Emergency Preparedness Kit

Stefanie Poisson
Preparing for an Evacuation and Emergency Preparedness Kit

During periods of an extreme fire danger rating, people may be orders to leave their residences on very short notice and travel to established Emergency Social Services (ESS) reception centres.

A. Notice of an Emergency Event: people are pre-warned about wildfire activity that may lead to an alert being put in place. People should prepare for an alert by maintaining close contact with family members, gathering insurance papers, valuables and clothing. Residents should monitor local media or listen for other warnings from local officials. There is no immediate need to leave an area under notice unless for health reasons, or for someone with transportation difficulties.

B. When an event escalates to the point where an evacuation may be necessary, there are three stages to the process:

  1. Evacuation Alert – people are warned of imminent threat to life and property, and are asked to be ready to leave on short notice. Be prepared for worsening conditions. On notification of an ALERT, you should be prepared for the evacuation order by:
  • Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a safe meeting place, should an evacuation be called while separated.
  • Gathering essential items such as medications, eye glasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependants and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc.) Have these items readily available for quick departure.
  • Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.
  • Moving pets and livestock to a safe area.
  • Arranging to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order.
  • Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, emergency shelters will be provided if required.
  • Monitoring news sources for information on locations of emergency shelters and evacuation orders.
  1. Evacuation Order – you must leave the area immediately. It is imperative that you report to the designated Evacuation Reception Centre. Members of the RCMP will be enforcing the evacuation order.
  2. Evacuation Rescind – you will be allowed to return to your home when the danger has passed.

Residents should prepare for evacuations by organizing a Personal Emergency Preparedness Kit containing the following items (most of which you may already have in your home):

Personal Emergency Preparedness Kit

  • Portable radio with spare batteries
  • Flashlights with spare batteries
  • Warm blanket
  • Pre-packaged thermal blankets
  • Small towel and washcloth
  • Leakproof container of soap
  • Toothpaste & toothbrush
  • Plastic knives, forks & spoons
  • Snack food & bottled water
  • Pet food for a couple of days
  • First aid kit
  • Drinking water purifier kit
  • Multi purpose tool
  • Candles & matches
  • Whistle
  • Toilet paper
  • Playing cards & pocket books
  • List of emergency contact numbers for immediate family members & relatives
  • Spare eye glasses
  • Medications
  • Small amount of cash
  • Local maps
  • Identification documents & other valuable papers (insurance

Residents are advised to follow instructions of local authorities and emergency personnel to ensure their safety and are encouraged to stay tuned to their local media for information.

Information on family and friends who have been evacuated is available from the Red Cross at 1.800.863.6582.


Preparing for an Evacuation & Emergency Preparedness Kit

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