Know the Risks
Although the consequences of various disasters can be similar, knowing the risks can help you better prepare. In High River we could face a number of emergencies which may require an evacuation or alternatively, may mean we have to stay in our homes.
Risks may include:
- Severe weather events (Floods, windstorms, snow or ice storms with power outages, and tornadoes)
- Pipeline or vessel rupture of volatile materials under pressure
- Dangerous goods spill, fire and/or explosion
Safe Home Instructions
Every home should have a working carbon monoxide detector, smoke alarms, a well-stocked first aid kit and fire extinguishers on every level including in the kitchen. All capable adults and older children should know where to find the fire extinguishers and how to use them. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the lifetime of your fire extinguisher and replace batteries in your smoke alarms when you change your clocks.
Older children and adults should know how to turn off your home’s water, electricity and natural gas. Make large, easyto-see signs for water and natural gas shut-offs as well as for the electrical panel. For the gas and water valves, keep shut-off instructions close by and read them carefully. Teach children how and when to dial 9-I-I as well as how to call the designated out-of-town contact. During an emergency limit phone calls to urgent messages only so that you don’t tie up phone lines. Keep calls short to free up the lines for others. Text messages often get through faster during an emergency.
In severe weather or in the event of a hazardous chemical release you may be instructed to “shelter-in-place”. This means you must remain inside your home or office and protect yourself there. Having a Ready-to-Stay Kit is important to make your shelter-in-place more comfortable. The following steps will help maximize your protection in the event of a chemical release:
- Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.
- Turn off all fans, heating and air-conditioning systems to avoid drawing in air from the outside.
- Close the fireplace damper. • Go to an interior room that’s above ground level; if possible, one without windows.
- Take your Ready-to-Stay Kit including a battery or crank radio, cell phone and your computer into the room with you.
- Using duct or another wide tape, seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room.
- Continue to monitor your radio or www.highriver.ca until you are told all is safe or are advised to evacuate