Public Service Commission
Are you prepared if you had to work during an emergency?
When you are home, you are likely well prepared for extreme weather like a snow storm or hurricane, but are you prepared for an emergency if you can't make it home from work?
During extreme weather or an emergency situation, it may be safer to stay at work rather than travel home or perhaps the duties of your job require you to be at work (like our department emergency services officers). Do you have a plan for family members so all of you are ready for this sort of situation?
Preparedness at work
Make sure you have a way to listen for emergency messages while at work, even if the power and internet goes out. Have a small portable battery operated radio in your office. There may be cases when staying put at work is safest. This could include flooded roads, closed roads, or other situations when travel is unsafe. If local authorities are advising not to travel, stay in the office.
Consider having a small emergency preparedness kit at work. This could include things to make the wait at work safer and more comfortable like extra water and snacks, a flashlight, a copy of important phone numbers and required medication. Or you may be asked to evacuate on foot so have some warm clothes and comfortable shoes in your office. You may also want a similar emergency kit for your car.
Plans when you can't get home right away
Remember, places like schools and daycares already have emergency plans, so chat with your child's care providers to learn their plans.
Have a pre-arranged plan with an adult family member or friend who can look after children in an emergency. This plan should include the following:
- how to get in touch with your support person including home and cell phone numbers. Remember, phones may not always work in an emergency, so work out plans in advance.
- pick-up plans from school. Your child's school needs to know your plan so there is authorization in place for your child's pick up.
- a plan for where the children will stay as well as someone to check on pets.
Make sure your home emergency kit is well-stocked with supplies for 72 hours. Your family and support person needs to knows where to find the emergency kit. The kit should have food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity for at least 72 hours as well as supplies in case of utility outages including flashlights, a radio and extra batteries.
Talking to kids about emergencies
Talk to your kids about the types of emergencies possible in PEI, such as hurricanes, snowstorms, and extended power outages as well as your plan to keep them safe.
Everyone needs to know who will pick them up in an emergency and who they can turn to for help, such as a teacher, police officer, or trusted neighbor. Show children where the extra supplies are, so they can easily find things like flashlights if the power goes out.
Teach your kids about when and why to call 911. They should learn to call 911 to report a fire or a crime or to save a life and they should have their address or civic number memorized. Teach your kids about basic fire safety. If the smoke or carbon monoxide alarm goes off, they should leave the house and seek assistance from a neighbor and call 911.
Find more information on emergency preparedness at princeedwardisland.ca/preparedness.