Emergency Info

During the winter and early spring, some resources to monitor conditions include:

General Emergency Informaiton:

Being prepared BEFORE an emergency happens is critical.  Here are some great resources to help you and your family be aware of the stages of evacuation, some of the basics related to personal preparedness and more.

Personal and Family Emergency Preparedness

Each year, thousands of people face emergency situations that could change their lives forever. Don't be caught off-guard. Know the hazards in your area and take the time to assemble your family emergency kit. During an emergency, you and your family could be on your own for an extended period of time. Emergency services may not be readily available, as increasing demands are placed on responders. It may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in most critical need. As well, access to phones, gas, water, sewer and electrical services may be cut off. Learning how to be personally prepared and building a 72 hour kit is vital.

Some items you should include in a 72 hour emergency kit include:

  • Food (non spoiling)
  • Water
  • A manual can opener
  • A crank or battery powered flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra cash
  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information

For further information on getting prepared and building a 72 hour kit, visit http://www.getprepared.gc.ca

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Understanding the levels of evacuation:

There are three key stages in the evacuation process:

  • Evacuations Alert: Local authorities issue a warning about an imminent threat to life and property and people in the defined area should be ready to leave on short notice.
  • Evacuation Order: When an evacuation order is issued by the local authority, people should leave the area immediately.
  • Evacuation Rescind: People under an evacuation order may return. An evacuation order or alert may be reinstated by the local authority if the threat returns.

Preparing for an Evacuation:

In emergency situations, residents in high risk areas should listen to the local media and follow the instructions of local emergency and transportation officials. Prepare ahead by organizing an emergency supply kit with necessary prescription medications, personal toiletries, a change of clothing, insurance papers and other important documents. If you are evacuated, local officials will provide you with information about the location of a reception centre. You are encouraged to register all family members at the reception centre so, emergency responders know that you are safe.

Last edited: Mon, February 20, 2017 - 8:57:14