Be Prepared. Know Your Risks.

When we know the risk, we are more likely to take action to address the risk. When your employer has you compete a Field Level Hazard Assessment, and you identify a risk of falling when working at heights, you become aware of the risk and take steps (i.e., wear fall prevention equipment) to address it. The same goes for at home. If we take the time to think about the potential emergencies there could be and how likely they are to affect us, we will take appropriate measure to address the risk.  

In our previous post we talked about the Preparedness Survey. Here is some more information from that survey: 

Top hazards of concerns (emergencies) in 2023:
  • Wildfires
  • Extreme Cold / Winter Storms 
  • Extreme Heat 
  • Power / Water Outages 
Additionally, this varies by regions of the province:
  • Northern – Wildfires 
  • Central – Extreme Wind 
  • Eastern – Severe Drought 
  • Southern – Extreme Heat and Severe Drought 

What is the likelihood of any of the above affecting you?

Do you live in a heavily forested area?

Do you have minimal trees, thus less wind breaks?

Asides from creating priority for yourself to take steps to prepare for an emergency, there are other benefits.

When you are prepared, you require less assistance from others so that:

  • Emergency services can focus on responding to the disaster and getting it under control.
  • Social services can focus on those most vulnerable.
  • The impact of the disaster is reduced, so you can get back your ‘normal’ quicker.  

Take some time now.

What are your hazards of concern?

What emergencies have a higher probability of affecting you and your family?