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Emergency Guide for People with Disabilities

3-day Emergency Survival Kit

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Be Prepared

In North Algona Wilberforce Township, keeping residents safe is a definite priority. Always being prepared and taking appropriate steps ahead of time can help you and your family deal better when an emergency hits in your area! An organized emergency plan for your family and household, as well as maintaining essential supplies on hand, is one of the first important steps to take.

Emergencies often strike rather quickly without enough time to allow you to choose a shelter or to pack an Emergency Kit. That's why it always helps to prepare a list of what to do and what to have on hand when an emergency occurs.

For tips and outlines on how to make your own household Emergency Plan, please visit the GET PREPARED website. 

Likely General Hazards

(ex. Snowstorms,
Ice storms)


(Ex. Power Outages, Gas Shortages)

Materials – Transportation
(Ex. Train Derailment)

3 Day Emergency Kit

When an emergency occurs, you could be anywhere but it is most likely that you will be either at home, at work or in your car. Having specific supplies available on-hand can help you endure an emergency by making you self-sufficient for 3 days or even longer!!

Get A 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 sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is.Emergency Kit List
  • Water – at least 2 litres per person per day
  • Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods
  • Manual can opener
  • Crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • Crank or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Extra keys (vehicle and home)
  • Cash in smaller bills, and change for payphones
  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
  • Special items such as prescription medication, infant formula, and equipment for people with disabilities

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Emergency Preparedness For Children

Helping kids prepare for emergencies
  • Teach them about natural hazards like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, ice storms, and blizzards --and what to do when they occur.
  • Make a family emergency plan, and preparing an emergency kit together.
  • Teach your kids what to do in case of a fire.
  • Make sure your kids know what to do at school if an emergency happens.

Helping kids copeChildren in particular can feel the stress deeply -- and may react in different ways. The key to helping your children cope is simply by being there and making them feel safe.

  • Take their fears seriously and tell them that it's okay to be scared.
  • Explain the events as best you can and acknowledge what's frightening about what happened.
  • Tell your kids what you think and feel. Doing so helps them feel less alone if they know that their feelings are similar to yours.
  • Maintain familiar routines, like mealtimes and regular bedtime hours.
  • While parents can play a huge role in helping children deal with anxiety, it may be helpful to talk to a professional such as a psychologist or social worker, who can help children understand and cope with their emotions.

Did You Know...Younger children may cry, whine or wet the bed in emergency situations. Older children may experience an intense fear of injury or separation anxiety. Other common reactions include a fear of the dark, physical pain and eating or sleeping problems.

Pets and Service Animals

Preparing For Emergencies

The following steps will help keep pets safe.

  • Identify your pet. If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, their identification may be the only way to find them. Make sure each animal wears a collar and identification tag at all times.
  • Pet emergency kit
    • A sturdy crate or carrier
    • A strong leash or harness
    • ID tag and collar
    • Food and water for at least 72 hours (4L/day per average dog, 1L/day per average cat)
    • Bowls and can opener for food
    • Newspaper, paper towels, plastic bags, litter, and/or litter box
    • Special medications, dosage, and veterinarian’s contact information
    • Pet file (including recent photos of the animal, your emergency numbers, contact information for friends who could house your pet, copies of any licenses, and vaccination records)
    • A pet first-aid kit
    • Blanket and toy
  • Plan for evacuations. The best way to protect your pet in an emergency is to bring it with you. Most evacuation shelters will only accept service animals.
  • Make a list of where your pet can be taken in case you need to evacuate. This list can include:Include your pet in your family emergency plan exercises.
    • Boarding centres and animal shelters
    • Animal clinics
    • Family members and friends
    • Hotels that accept animals even during emergencies

During An Emergency

  • Keep your pet inside during severe weather. Animals are very sensitive to sudden changes in temperature and often isolate themselves when scared. Never leave a pet outside or tethered during a storm.
  • Separate cats and dogs. Keep smaller pets such as hamsters away from larger animals; stress can lead to unusual behavior.
  • Keep newspapers inside for hygiene purposes and feed your pet wet food in order to reduce the amount of water it may need.
  • If ordered to evacuate, try to take your pet with you. If you must leave your pets in the house, do not tether or cage them. Leave a sign in the window and a note on the door indicating what animals are inside. Provide water and food in timed dispensers. Leave toilet seats up.