In your day-to-day living, disaster may seem a distant possibility. Yet tornadoes, winter power failures, earthquake, chemical emergencies and the potential risk of a number of problems can strike any community, including yours.
The City of Sarnia with the Sarnia Police Service, the Sarnia Fire Services along with the City of Sarnia Emergency Management Committee encourage all citizens to develop a Family Emergency Plan. Emergency Planning Starts with you!
Have an Emergency Food and Water Kit. Have at least a three-day supply of food and water on hand. Choose ready-to-eat foods that your family likes and which requires no refrigeration.
Teach your children how and when to call 911.
Discuss how you will find each other when an emergency strikes. Pick two places to meet – one outside your home, and another away from your neighbourhood in case you can’t return home. Have a designated person as contact for everyone to check-in-with.
Discuss how you will prevent family disasters from occurring by installing and/or checking smoke /CO Alarms, fire extinguishers, and by inspecting your home for potential hazards.
Discuss how you will be ready to respond to family emergencies by learning first aid, CPR.
Consider having an alternative heating source professionally installed that does not rely on electricity. Do not use camping stoves or propane and other fuel heaters indoors, as these are intended for outdoor used only and will produce deadly carbon monoxide in your residence.
Have a list of emergency phone numbers prepared. Remember that 911 is meant for Emergency Calls only. If there’s been a major disaster, use the phone only if it’s absolutely necessary as Emergency crews will need all available lines.
Listen to your local radio station on a battery operated radio for instructions from your local authority when you detect abnormal weather patterns, you notice an unusual odour in the air or when you have been notified by police, fire or by sirens.
Don’t wait. Develop your family emergency plan today!
DURING A TORNADO:
If in a building, go to the basement immediately. If no basement, crouch or lie flat (under heavy furniture – in an inner hallway or small inner room or stairwell away from windows. Avoid large halls and arenas. If caught outside with no shelter, lie down in a ditch/ravine and protect your head. If you’re driving, get out of the vehicle and lie down as above.
Advice For TORNADOES
DURING AN EARTHQUAKE:
If in a building, stay inside away from windows under a heavy desk or table. If unable to get under something strong, get up against an interior wall, protect your head and neck. If you are outside, move away from buildings and structures that could collapse. Stay away from power lines, bridges, overpasses or underpasses. If you are in your car, stop and stay in it.
DURING A SEVERE LIGHTNING STORM:
If you are in a building, stay inside. Stay away from windows, doors, fireplaces, radiators, stoves, metal pipes, sinks or other electrical charge conductors. Avoid using the phone. If outside, seek shelter in a building or depressed area. If in a car, stop the car and stay in it.
Advice For LIGHTNING STORMS
DURING A WINTER POWER FAILURE:
Use proper candle holders. Never leave lit candles unattended. Don’t use charcoal or gas barbecues, camping heating equipment or home generators indoors. Make sure that generators are operated outdoors in a well-ventilated condition away from windows and doors under the manufacturers instructions. Connect lights and appliances directly to the generator. If extension cords must be used, ensure they are properly rated, CSA (Canadian Standard Association) approved cords. Direct installation of a generator to an existing electrical system should only be done by a qualified technician.