Everyone has their own unique strengths and weaknesses.
Consider these in your planning and how they may affect you in your response to an emergency.
Think about ways you may be able to help others or where you may need some extra help yourself. Here are some additional resources to assist you in your planning:
Planning for Seniors
While the needs and abilities of seniors varies, so should the planning. Consider taking additional steps to be more resilient to disasters, including protecting your home from hazards, creating a support network, and creating an emergency kit with extra medications, glasses, and medical equipment.
The following guides will help you plan for the next emergency: •
- Emergencies Guide for Older Adults from the Canadian Red Cross
- Disaster Preparedness: For Seniors by Seniors
Planning for People with Disabilities
Medical, physical, or cognitive needs may affect your ability to respond to an emergency. Taking steps to be more prepared can help you respond safely and recover more quickly. The following resources support people with disabilities, their personal support network and their caregivers with guidance in managing communications, equipment, pets, and home hazards.
Protecting your Pet
Every emergency plan must include your pets. Your plan should include your pet friendly accommodations in your area, friends or family who are comfortable caring for your pet, and any medical or vaccination information about your pet.
Your emergency kit should include extra food and water for your pets, as well as their medication, leash, carrier, litter, and cleaning supplies. Don’t forget special toys or comfort items to keep them calm.
For more details, PreparedBC has created the following guide: Prepare for Your Pets
Preparedness on a budget
Being prepared for an emergency doesn’t have to be expensive. Many of the steps to preparedness are free – including making a plan and signing up for Richmond BC Alert. When putting together your emergency supplies, you may already have many of the items around your house. Focus on the essentials, such as food and water. Visit PreparedBC for more cost-cutting ideas for getting prepared.
Apartments and Townhouses
61% of Richmond residents live in an apartment or townhouse. The PreparedBC Guide for Apartments, Condos and Townhomes covers how to connect with your neighbours, assign responsibilities, and plan together. It also includes some safety and storage tips specific to multi-unit housing. Bring this guide to your next strata meeting!