Being prepared makes sense. The likelihood that you and your family will recover from an emergency or disaster tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparation done today. The City of Cape Town is working hard to protect and prepare our city for emergencies and disasters, and this includes educating and empowering all Capetonians to improve their personal preparedness.
Each person’s abilities and needs are unique, yet every individual can take steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and disasters. Preparedness must account for natural and human-induced disasters. These may include wildfires, windstorms, tornadoes, floods and radiation threats to name a few. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan that fits those needs, you and your loved ones can be better prepared.
We made it possible for all residents to prepare for an emergency or disaster today by using the information supplied in the Family Disaster Preparedness Guidelines as well as the hazard and risk information contained in this website and from other reputable resources. You are encouraged to develop your own Family Emergency Plan as well as ensuring that your work area or business also has an emergency plan.
Family Emergency Plan
Emergency planning begins at home. Ensure that your family has a plan in case of an emergency or disaster situation. It is best to sit down together, before an emergency happens, and decide how you will get in contact with one another, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency or disaster situation. It is important to keep a copy of this plan in your disaster supply kit or other safe place where you can easily access it in the event of a disaster. Being prepared makes sense.
Individuals are asked to do three important things:
1. Draft a Family Emergency Plan
Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance - how you will contact one another, how you will get back together, and what you will do in different situations.
2. Prepare a disaster supply kit
When preparing for a possible emergency or disaster situation, it is best to firstly think about the basics of survival: fresh water, clean food, keeping warm, etc.
3. Be aware and prepared
Knowing what to do during an emergency or disaster is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
Click on this link for an example of the outline of a Family Emergency Plan and other relevant information.