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Emergency Preparedness

…contributing to a safe and secure Canada

National Operational Preparedness (NOP) is responsible for ensuring the RCMP, as an organization, is operationally ready to respond to any event or emergency that threatens the safety and security of Canadians, its own organization and infrastructure, and its employees.  This encompasses ensuring the RCMP has the capability and capacity to:

  • Respond to civil emergencies providing leadership, assistance and support.
  • Fulfill its emergency response mandate and obligations in support of federal and provincial / territorial emergency response operations.
  • Enable the RCMP to deliver critical services during emergency and disaster situations.
  • Ensure its own employees have the support, knowledge and training to protect themselves during emergencies and to enable them to report for duty during emergencies.

NOP Program Areas

  • Business Continuity Planning enables the RCMP to prevent and mitigate the impacts of an emergency or disaster, to ensure that the RCMP can maintain basic policing services and contributes to the health, safety and security of its employees.
  • Emergency Management is responsible for the emergency planning in case of an emergency and disaster.  Through advance planning, the RCMP will be better equipped to mount a rapid response and increase its capabilities in case of an emergency situation.

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Be Prepared!

Basic emergency preparedness starts with each individual. If an individual cannot cope, emergency first responders such as police, fire and ambulance services will provide help.

Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere.  Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way towards being able to cope better – both during and after a major disaster.   Take the following 3 simple steps to increase your personal preparedness:

Step 1 – Be Informed

Know the hazards that threaten your community, whether they are natural (floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes), technical failures (power outages, toxic spills) or deliberate (terrorism, explosions). Knowing the hazards will help you better plan for them.

Step 2 – Prepare Your Own Personal Plan

To complete your home emergency plan, you will need to think about the following:

  • Family emergency communications and contacts.
  • Safe meeting places and escape routes.
  • Emergency arrangements for children, special needs and pets.
  • Emergency planning considerations for the house.
  • Planning with neighbours and the community.

Step 3 – Assemble Your Family Emergency Kit

Assemble a Family Emergency Kit of basic supplies that can sustain your family over a period of 72 hours. The kit should include:

  • Food and water (3 day supply)
  • Basic equipment (i.e.: candles, matches, batteries, etc.)
  • Family items (plan for weather/season; extra clothes, shovel, umbrella, etc.)
  • Special needs items (for family with infants, elderly, disabled)
  • First Aid kit (one for the household and each car)
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Car kit (examples)

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