What To Do After an Emergency

Right after the emergency, you may be confused or disoriented. Stay calm and remember the following procedures:

  • Check yourself and others for injuries.
  • Give first aid to people who are injured or trapped. Take care of life-threatening situations first. Get help if necessary.
  • Confine or secure pets
  • Get your emergency survival kit (first aid kit should be with it)
  • Listen to the radio for information and instructions
  • Check on your neighbours, especially the elderly or people with disabilities
  • Don’t use the telephone unless it is an absolute emergency
  • If possible, put on sturdy shoes and protective clothing to help prevent injury from debris, especially broken glass
  • Check for damage to your home remembering the following points:
    1. use a flashlight – don’t light matches or turn on light switches
    2. check for fires, fire hazards or other household hazards
    3. sniff for gas leaks starting at your water heater; if you smell gas, turn off the main gas valve, open windows and get everyone outside quickly
    4. if you suspect it is unsafe, leave and do not re-enter
    5. do not shut off utilities unless they are damaged
    6. clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline and other flammable liquids immediately; wear protective clothing
    7. for major spills or leaks, call in professional help