A family emergency plan helps to ensure that you and your family, including children, know what to do in the event of an emergency. It outlines safe exits from your home and neighbourhood, meeting places in the case family members are separated, and local and out-of-town contacts.

The Government of Canada has created an easy on-line template to assist you in preparing your family emergency plan. Click here to be redirected to their site. It will take you about 20 minutes to complete.

Talk to your children ahead of time. Make sure that they know where to meet and who to call if they get separated from you. Practice your family evacuation plan. Drills and practices will help you and your children to feel more comfortable if you ever have to deal with an actual emergency situation.