How to be Prepared for an Emergency

Call 911 to report a fire, report a crime or save a life. 

Emergencies can be very stressful but if you take the time now to prepare, you and your family will be better able to cope. Learn how quick and easy it is to become prepared to face a range of emergencies, anytime, anywhere.

Download your personal emergency planning guide to help you and your family plan for an emergency. It will take you about 20 minutes to create your personalized plan.

Why should we prepare for 72 hours?

If an emergency happens in your area, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. Could you look after yourself and your family for three days if an emergency occurred, no services were available and emergency responders couldn’t get to you? 

Emergencies may be beyond our control, but we can reduce the risk and the impact regardless of what causes the emergency. There are three simple steps everyone can take to become better prepared to face emergencies: Know the risks; Make a plan; Get an emergency kit.

Where can I get information during an emergency?

Follow local media for reports and directions from officials. The Public Safety Division Facebook and Twitter sites are updated often, especially during an emergency. Many emergency service providers, such as PEI RCMP and Charlottetown Fire also regularly update their social media pages. 

What is Alert Ready?   

Alert Ready allows us to issue urgent public safety messages when life or property is threatened. Mobile carriers, cable and satellite companies, radio stations, over-the-air television stations and video-on-demand services in Canada are required to broadcast or distribute the alerts. 

Know the risks  

Knowing the risks in your area can help you better prepare.

Throughout the year Islanders may experience hurricanes, blizzards, ice storms, and forest fires. Coastal areas are subject to flooding and storm surges. Learn more about safety during extreme weather.

In addition to natural disasters there are other types of risks such as power outages, industrial accidents, major transportation accidents and acts of terrorism. 

Make a plan 

Emergencies can be very stressful but if you take the time now to prepare, you and your family will be better able to cope.

Every household needs an emergency plan. Your plan will help you and your family know what to do in an emergency. Download your personal emergency planning guide. It will take you about 20 minutes to create your personalized plan.

Due to public health measures,It is important to plan what supplies you may need to get in advance of the storm. Upgrade your kits with extra items like non-medical masks, hand sanitizer, extra food and water.

Upgraded Emergency Preparedness Kit Supplies

Graphic image of list of items to include in emergency preparedness kit

  • Extra masks and hand sanitizer
  • Plastic sheet and duct tape for sheltering in place
  • At least 2 litres of water per person per day for 3 to 5 days
  • At least 3 to 5 day supply of non-perishable food and a can opener
  • Moist towelettes, tissue, toilet paper, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation needs
  • Battery powered or hand-crank radio and extra batteries
  • Cash (small bills, ideally up to $200)
  • Flashlight, whistle, first aid kit and dust mask to help filter contaminated air.
  • Wrench or plier to turn off utilities.
  • Printed list of contact names and phone numbers
Additional considerations for COVID-19:  Don't use face masks on anyone under two or someone unconscious. Pack extra masks, tissues, hand sanitizer and goggles. Be strategic about going to the store and ensure you have necessary medical supplies and adequate amounts of prescription medication.
For detailed lists, including recommended emergency kit items for pets, and a check list for a vehicle emergency kit, download a copy of Your Emergency Preparedness Guide.

How can we help children prepare for an emergency?

Teach children what to do in case of an emergency. Make sure they know their home civic address number. Visit Teach children when and how to call 911.

How can I contact the Emergency Measures Organization?

Telephone: 902-894-0385
Fax: 902-368-6362

Toll Free (daytime only):  1-877-894-0385

For emergency assistance through the PEI Emergency Measures Organization after hours call: (902) 892-9365 or toll free at 1-888-294-9909

Call 911 to report a fire, report a crime or save a life.
Published date: 
June 2, 2023
Justice and Public Safety

General Inquiries

Public Safety Division
PO Box 911
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7L9

General Inquiries:
Phone: 902-894-0385
Toll-free: 1-877-894-0385
Fax: 902-368-6362

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