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If a disaster happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in desperate need. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies -- anytime, anywhere. This will help you to take care of yourself and your loved ones during an emergency.

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Know the risks: learn what hazards exist in your area
Make a plan: prepare your emergency plan so you and your family will know what to do and where to go in the event of an emergency
Prepare a kit: know what emergency supplies to have on hand should an emergency occur
Know what to do during an emergency
     
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  Learn about first aid.
You could save a life. Along with making emergency plans and preparing an emergency kit, knowing first aid could save a life. Contact your local Canadian Red Cross or St. John Ambulance to find out about first aid courses offered in your area.