In an emergency situation or during a disaster, you are responsible for carrying out the first steps that will keep you and your family safe, and safeguard your belongings.
The logo of the civil security is recognized everywhere in the world. It is therefore easy to recognize the people who help people during emergencies or disasters. The logo is found on their helmets, jackets, coats, etc. He is also posted in front of a disaster services center.
The orange circle, visible from a distance, means the alert. The triangle represents stability, balance and harmony, blue is the color of peace.
Preparing for Disasters
You are primarily responsible for your own safety!
- Find out about disaster risks in your area by contacting your municipality or by looking it up on the Internet. Get to know what steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.
- Prepare your Family Safety Plan.
- Always have an emergency kit in your home. Your kit should contain enough material, food and water to provide for your basic needs during the first 3 days of an emergency situation. You can bring it with you if you must evacuate your home.
- Make sure your belongings are properly insured.
Did You Know?
Did you know that over 2500 homes, located in 40 municipalities on the banks of Rivière Richelieu and Lac Champlain, were flooded in the spring of 2011, during the spring floods in the Montérégie region? The disaster, which lasted 69 days, required the evacuation of over 1500 citizens.
A family safety plan is very useful in case of an emergency. Take a few moments to prepare your own plan. It’s easy!
Visit the ministère de la Sécurité publique Web Site to know more about a " Family safety plan "
In the event of an emergency, you may need to provide for your necessities while waiting for help to arrive. It is important to prepare an emergency kit that will hold you over for about 72 hours.
An emergency kit for your car can also be useful in the event of a mechanical breakdown or winter storm.
When an emergency happens, every citizen is responsible for his or her own safety.
A Red Cross information sheet explains how to prepare for the first 72 hours.
An information sheet is also available for people with disabilities/special needs.
Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturates the ground. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area
In recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods. A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, often combined with excessive humidity. Generally temperatures are 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for the region during summer months, last for a long period of time and occur with high humidity as well.
More andmore people are making their homes in woodland settings, rural areas or remote mountain sites. There, residents enjoy the beauty of the environment but face the very real danger of wild fires. Wild fires often begin unnoticed. They spread quickly, igniting brush, trees and homes. In a wild fire, every second counts!
A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending fromthe base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. Tornado intensities are classified on the Fujita Scale with ratings between F0 (weakest) to F5 (strongest). They are capable of completely destroying wellmade structures, uprooting trees and hurling objects through the air like deadlymissiles.
Although severe tornadoes aremore common in the Plains provinces, tornadoes have been reported in every province.
Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, winddriven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community.Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.
A thunderstormis considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages.
Hurricanes are strong storms that cause life - and property - threatening hazards such as flooding, stormsurge, high winds and tornadoes.
Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane.
An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the earth caused by the breaking and shifting of rock beneath the earth’s surface.
Earthquakes strike suddenly, without warning, and they can occur at any time of the year, day or night.