Posted on September 01, 2015

Home Safety & Survival Tips

Major and minor disasters can happen inside and outside your home. In some cases, you could lose services like phone, water, electricity and transit. Many people assume that governments will immediately provide assistance, but in many cases, help does not come for days. Here are a few tips to minimize the impact on you and your family if a disaster were to ever occur:

Emergency kit
Every household should have a short-term emergency kit to cover their basic daily needs for at least 72 hours. Your kit should include bottled water, non-perishable food that doesn’t need to be heated or prepared, a can opener, a first-aid kid, and a hand-crank or battery-powered flashlight. Remember to store your kit in an easy-to access location.

Insure your belongings
Among other things, water leaks and earthquakes happen. Home insurance is crucial to cover your belongings and repairs. (It is worth your time to learn your responsibilities and what falls under the responsibility of the Strata Corporation).

Electronic Inventory
Create an electronic inventory of your belongings, noting models and serial numbers. Also, important documents like birth certificates, wills, insurance policies, etc. should be stored in a fireproof safe or safety deposit box. Additionally, create an electronic document with bank account numbers, etc.

Be aware
If you live in a condo, report any burnt out lights in entryways, hallways, stairwells and parking garages to your strata manager. Become familiar with all fire exits and stairwells, including those in indoor parking and storage areas. Lastly, make sure to have an exit plan and a meeting place for your family in case you get separated.

Meet your neighbours
Getting to know your neighbours is important because they may be helpful in emergencies.

Lock your doors
Even though key fobs and concierges add to a building’s security, be sure to lock your door. Don’t let strangers into the building and always wait for garage doors to close before you leave.

Canada’s Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney cautions, “Emergency management is a joint responsibility.” To learn more about the actions you can take to be prepared and the specific hazards in your region, click here.