Everyone needs to develop a plan to be prepared in the event of an emergency.
An emergency kit that contains enough food, water and supplies to last at least 72 hours is a must.
When packing your kit, think about special needs for infants, seniors and family members on a special diet. Your emergency kit should also include first aid materials and medications. Make copies of all of your important documents – insurance, ownership papers and prescriptions. A flashlight, portable radio, battery-operated clock, batteries, matches and candles are essential. You will also need a cell phone or a hard wire, single-line telephone. Cordless phones won’t work in a power outage.
Home or tenant/apartment insurance can protect you and your family by helping to replace or repair property damaged in a major incident, such as a fire or explosion. With the right coverage, home insurance may also pay for water damage caused by a sewer backing up into your home or apartment. And if you are forced to leave your home or apartment while it is being repaired, insurance may also pay for your living expenses. Without home/apartment insurance, all of these costs would rest with you.
In the event of an emergency, follow the instructions of City of Toronto emergency staff. Stay tuned to the radio or television and do not venture out of doors, unless directed by emergency officials. Stay inside where it is warm and you have supplies.
Please take the time to be prepared.
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