Keep originals of important documents in a safe deposit box, and make two copies of each document. Keep one set of copies in a waterproof, fire-resistant, portable container in your home and give the other set to an out-of-town relative or friend.
- Wills, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, vehicle titles, stocks and bonds
- Passports, driver's licenses, work identification badges, social security cards, immunization records
- List of bank account names and numbers and credit card names and numbers
- Inventory of valuable household goods
- Important telephone and cell phone numbers
- Family records (birth, marriage, adoption, and death certificates)
- For your pets, vaccination and veterinary records, photo of pet and you together.
- Pet Evacuation Emergency Checklist (PDF)
Prepare Emergency Kits
Basic Emergency Kit
Keep in a backpack or duffel bag near your door, in a convenient place known to all family members.
- A portable radio or television and extra batteries (or hand-crank radios)
- Flashlight and extra batteries, or hand-crank flashlight
- First aid kit and first aid manual
- Supply of prescription medications, and copy of prescription
- Credit card and cash
- Personal identification
- An extra set of car keys
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Signal flare
- Map of the area and telephone numbers of places you could go
- Hearing aid batteries, spare wheelchair battery, spare eyeglasses, or other physical needs.
- Diapers and infant formula
Emergency Food and Water Kit
- At least two litres of drinking water per person per day
- Canned food: soups, stews, baked beans, pasta, meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits
- Crackers and biscuits, energy bars and dried foods
- Honey, peanut butter, syrup, jam, salt and pepper, sugar, instant coffee, tea
- Knives, forks, spoons, cups and plates
- Manual can opener, bottle opener
Emergency Evacuation Kit
In an easy to carry, labelled container, enough for 72 hours: Basic emergency kit and emergency food and water kit plus,
- Cooking fuel;
- Household liquid bleach to treat drinking water; sugar, salt, pepper; aluminium foil; plastic resealable bags
- One complete change of clothing and footwear for each family member, sturdy shoes or work boots, rain gear, hat and gloves, thermal underwear, sunglasses
- Blankets or sleeping bag for each family member
- Paper, pencil; needles and thread; pliers, duct tape; medicine dropper; whistle; plastic sheeting; small canister;
- Sanitation and hygiene items: toilet paper, towelettes; soap, hand sanitizer, liquid detergent; feminine supplies; shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, comb and brush, lip balm; plastic garbage bags (heavy-duty) and ties (for personal sanitation uses); medium-sized plastic bucket with tight lid; disinfectant; household chlorine bleach;
- Entertainment, such as games and books
Home Emergency Kit
Basic Emergency Kit and Evacuation Kit plus,
- Wrench to turn off household gas and water. Keep it near the shut-off valves.
- A week's supply of non perishable food and water.
- Additional blankets and sleeping bags.
- Food that won't spoil (such as energy bars)
- Extra clothing and shoes
- Matches, and a candle in a deep can (to warm hands, heat a drink or use as an emergency light)
- First aid kit
- Seatbelt cutter
- Warning light or road flares
- Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
- List of contact numbers
- Tow rope
- Booster cables
- Sand, salt or cat litter (non clumping)
- Traction mats
- Fire extinguisher
- Cloth or roll of paper towels
- Road maps, whistle and flashlight
- Axe or hatchet
Find out more on how to create your own Emergency Preparedness Plan and 72 Hour Kit.
- If my neighbourhood is being evacuated and I’m elsewhere, can I go home?
If there is no imminent danger and safe to do so. Emergency officials will allow you to return home to gather belongings and then evacuate.
- If my children are at school and I receive an evacuation order, can I go get them?
The school board has comprehensive emergency plans. Parents will be notified and the school will release children based on their procedures to ensure all children are accounted for and safe.
- My neighbourhood is being evacuated, my pets are at home unattended and I’m at work. Can I go get them?
If there is no imminent danger and safe to do so. Emergency officials will allow you to return home to collect your pets and supplies.
- How do I find out if there’s an emergency? How do I find out if there is an evacuation order?
Subscribe to the Town of Banff emergency alert centre at https://banff.ca/1231/Register-for-Emergency-Alerts. Alerts will also be posted to @Banff_Town on Twitter. Evacuation orders will be issued door-to-door in impacted neighbourhoods.
- I don’t have a vehicle. How do I evacuate with my belongings?
Transportation will be provided for anyone who does not have a vehicle. Emergency communication through the Town’s Emergency Coordination Centre will provide information on collection points and transportation routes.
- My neighbour is elderly, or disabled. How will they be taken care of?
Notify emergency personnel and they will assist in the person’s evacuation.