City of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Preparing for an emergency is important. By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies and minimize the impact on yourself and your family.
Research what emergencies could happen in Hamilton.
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Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live and work. Identify responsibilities for each member of your household.
Identify two places for your family to meet. One right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire. The other outside of your neighbourhood, in case you cannot return home.
Develop a plan so your family can stay in touch during an emergency. Include phone numbers for all family members, caregivers, and work, school, and daycare phone numbers, if applicable.
Often long distance phone calls are easier to make during an emergency. Identify a long-distant contact that everyone in your family can call during an emergency to leave messages for the others.
Identify sheltering options for your pet if you need to evacuate. Consider family, friends, pet-friendly hotels or pet boarding facilities.