Newfoundland and Labrador is vulnerable to a range of emergencies and disasters including snow storms, hurricanes, power outages and dangerous spills. It is important for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to know the risks their communities face and how to be prepared.
Here are a few tips to help you prepare for disasters in your community:
1. Become aware of risks in your community. Risks might include flooding, wildfires, chemical spills or pandemic disease.
2. Create an emergency plan with contact information and plans for meeting with others in the event that you are separated.
3. Assemble an emergency supply kit. Water, food and supplies are all important for managing during emergencies. Being prepared will help reduce the strain placed on responders and agencies during emergencies.
Being prepared is always important as the widespread power outages experienced on the island during the winter of 2013-14 illustrated. Winter weather in Newfoundland can be severe and dangerous. During the summers the threat of storms and hurricanes places the island at risk.
Take some time to visit the government’s Get Prepared website and educate yourself and others about the risks and how to prepare.