Prepare at Work
 
Every business and organization can experience a serious incident which can prevent it from continuing normal operations. This can happen any day at any time. At work, your emergency preparedness should include the development of a Business Continuity Planning (BCP) program to identify your essential services, when they need to be delivered, and how your employees will respond when there is a disruption. Business Continuity Planning is a component of emergency planning that is intended to minimize the impacts of a disruption on business activities.
 
BCP is designed to help an organization continue providing its basic and most critical functions during a disruption. This requires an understanding of your obligations to those who depend on your services, the exposure to risk your organization is willing to tolerate, and the requirements (such as equipment, data, personnel and facilities) required to deliver the required services. From this, a plan is prepared to identify the tasks, procedures and organization required to work through a disruption. Whatever the size of your organization or the nature of your business, an investment in BCP will improve your ability to minimize losses, meet obligations, and build confidence from the people who depend on your services.
 
Guide to Business Continuity Planning Sample business continuity plans and writing guides
Disaster Recovery Journal
Disaster-Resource.com
Online magazine
Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (DRIE Central)
DRI Canada
Link to Website
Business Resumption Planning
A Development Guide



In the last half-century, the two most severe emergencies in Manitoba were floods. The Red River floods in 1950 and 1997 resulted in extensive property damage, evacuations, and emergency operations to protect people and communities. Overland flooding is a regular annual occurrence in most of our province, and has resulted in a significant investment in mitigation and planning.
  
If you live in a flood-prone area, the best way to minimize damage is to mitigate the risk. Remembering that you have primary responsibility for emergency preparedness, consider what you can do to reduce damages and protect your home and property. You should also be making plans to evacuate your home and family if a severe flood develops. While municipal and provincial assistance will be available in such cases, planning ahead is valuable and necessary.
 
Prepare for a flood
Link to Get Prepare website
Floods - What to do before and after
Brochure - PDF 133KB
Flood Forecast and Conditions
Link to Manitoba flood forecast website
Avoiding Basement Flooding
Link to CMHC website
Sandbag Dike Construction Key Facts About Flood Readiness
Link to Center for Disease Control and Prevention website

Flood Information
Link to FEMA website


 
 
Severe weather can develop in any season, and has the potential to close roads and facilities, damage our utilities, and severely damage property. Manitoba has a long record of severe weather, including blizzards, tornadoes, heavy rain, windstorms, hail, and thunderstorms. They can occur at any time, and present a serious threat to life and property.

The best way to prepare for a severe weather event is to make a commitment to emergency preparedness in your home. It is also a good idea to consider the severe weather hazards that might arise with seasonal changes, and to take simple steps around your home to minimize the risk of damage. Monitoring weather conditions and forecasts will give you a chance to prepare for a severe weather emergency before it happens.
 
 
 
Environment Canada reports that Manitoba gets 7-10 tornadoes every year. While tornadoes damage a relatively small area, they present an extremely dangerous threat with strong winds and flying debris.

It's important to make plans ahead of time on where you will shelter in your home, and what basic steps you should take to protect your home and family from harm if there is a tornado threat.
 
Prepare for a tornado
Link to Get Prepare website
Severe Storms
Brochure - PDF 1MB
Environment Canada Weather Conditions and Forecast
Link to Environment Canada website
Environment CanadaWeather Radio Information
Prepare for a tornado
Link to Canadian Red Cross website
Tornado Information
Link to FEMA website
 
 
The failure of any utility would result in severe disruptions. While there have been investments to protect these systems and extensive planning to manage the emergency if there was a failure, we've had many examples - such as the Quebec ice storm - of the widespread impact of a utility failure. A power failure in winter is a serious concern in Manitoba, where we regularly experience extended and extreme periods of cold weather.

It's important to make plans ahead of time on where you will shelter in your home, and what basic steps you should take to protect your home and family from harm if there is a tornado threat.
 
Prepare for winter power failures
Link to Get Prepare website
Winter Power Failures
Brochure - PDF 1MB
Backup Power for Your Home
Link to CMHC website


 
 
Prepared for the Woods
Brochure PDF 2.7MB - Public Safety Canada
Basic precautions that can help protect you on trips into the wilderness

 
Forest fire season in Manitoba is April 1 to Oct over 15, making spring and summer the most conducive times for forest fires. People living in close proximity to forested areas or using such area for recreational purposes need to know how to protect themselves in the event of a forest fire.
 
Wildfire Information power failures
Link to FEMA website
Manitoba Fire Program
Link to Fire Program website
 
 
Bomb threats require immediate action. You should already have a fire evacuation plan for your home and work - this is a good starting point in developing procedures to deal with a bomb threat.
 
 
 
Chemical releases and hazardous materials incidents can vary greatly, and may require a wide range of actions if an accidental release occurs. In addition to developing a good level of general preparedness, it's also important to understand some of the potentially hazardous substances near your home or office, and what actions might be required to protect yourself.
 
Chemical Release
Link to Get Prepare website
 
 
While all public health emergencies are cause for concern, there has been a particular focus on the threat of a pandemic influenza in recent years. In addition to leading a range of pandemic planning activities, the Government of Manitoba has developed a number of tools to provide the best possible forecast of what a pandemic influenza will be like, and to guide individuals, schools, and businesses as they prepare.
 
Preparing for Pandemic Influenza
Link to Health Canada Website
Preparing for Pandemic Influenza in Manitoba
Link to Manitoba Pandemic Influenza website

 
Suspicious Packages 
Link to Get Prepare website