Make a Plan

It is important to have a family emergency plan. It takes only 30 minutes to prepare one.

Your family emergency plan should include:

  • Know where the safe exits from your home.
  • Map different routes out of your neighbourhood.
  • Identify designated meeting places to reunite with family or roommates close to your neighbourhood and then farther away.
  • Identify a designated person to pick up your children if you can’t.
  • Names and contact information for persons nearby and out-of-town.
  • How you and your family will communicate if cell phone lines are busy. Texting or using out of town contacts as a central point of communication are recommended.
  • Health and insurance information for you and your family.
  • List of places for your pet to stay.
  • A list of possible risks in your community.
  • Know where your fire extinguisher, water valve, electrical panel, gas valve and floor drain are located.


If you are a commuter in Markham, please use this Commuter Emergency Plan (PDF). Use it to create your own commuter emergency plan. It will be helpful if there are travel delays caused by:

  • Severe weather events
  • Power outages
  • Heavy traffic


You should have a 72-hour (3 day) emergency plan for your pet. Use this Pet Emergency Kit Checklist (PDF) to create a plan.

Have your pet licensed and microchipped. This makes it easier to reunite you with your pet if you are ever separated in the event of an emergency.

Some shelters and hotels will only accept service animals. In an emergency, you may not be able to keep your pet with you. Make a list of hotels, veterinary clinics, and animal shelters where you could bring your pet. Check with friends and family members who would be willing to care for your pet if you must evacuate your home.

Get an Emergency Kit

You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for 72-hours (3 days). A Home Emergency Preparedness Kit will help you do that.

A basic emergency preparedness kit should include:

  • Water – 4 litres per person per day (2 litres for drinking and 2 litres for sanitation and food preparation)
  • Non-perishable food (for example: canned food, dried food, energy bars)
  • Manual can opener
  • Wind-up or battery-powered radio and flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra keys for home and car
  • Cash in small bills and change
  • Change of clothes
  • Emergency blanket/sleeping bag
  • Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula, etc.

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