Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week (May 4-10) is a Canada Wide initiative to increase awareness of individual and family preparedness. Ontario’s campaign focus this year will be to expand emergency preparedness beyond the individual to reach out to neighbours, family and friends who may be vulnerable or incapable of supporting themselves during an emergency. Hence, the focus for the provincial campaign is diverse groups which includes people with disabilities and special needs, seniors and pets.
Each year, thousands of Canadians face emergency situations that could forever alter their lives. It is important to have a plan in place before an emergency happens. Don’t be caught off guard!
The following suggestions, adopted from Emergency Management Ontario will help you and your family prepare in the event of an actual emergency:
Identify the risks in your community. The Township of Nipissing is susceptible to many different types of emergencies, including Wind Storms, Flash Floods causing Road Washouts and Rising Lake Level Floods, Forest fires, Public Health Emergencies, Blackouts, Transportation (HAZMAT) Accidents and even Tornadoes!
Walk around your house and property to identify dangers. Do you have unsecured material in your yard or loose braches high up in the trees that could have the potential to be hazards in a windstorm or tornado to your family or neighbours? Do you have sandbags and a supply of sand ready, if you live on or near areas prone to flooding?
Choose an out-of-area contact. Ideally, this person should be someone each member of the family can telephone or e-mail in case of an emergency. Be sure to choose someone far enough away so as not to be affected by a similar situation.
Decide on temporary accommodation. This could include a friend’s house or a motel, where you could take up a temporary residence (including your pets) in the event of an evacuation.
Print and read the 72 Hour Emergency Kit [PDF]. Each member of your family should prepare a kit, including storing enough water, food, medicine, money and clothes to comfortably survive for three days.
Website: 72 Hour Emergency Kit (link opens in new window)
Your family emergency plan should include your pets as they depend on you for their safety and well being. Click on the link below for more information about pets and emergencies.
Pet Brochure v1 4 2011-05-09 FINAL
Public Safety Canada
Public Safety Canada provides a range of publications on emergency preparedness to educate Canadians on the risks, how to get prepared, and how to deal with specific hazards. To order publications from Public Safety Canada, please visit www.GetPrepared.ca
Mobile device-friendly GET PREPARED website
Website: Get Prepared (link opens in new window)
This website gives Canadians access to information on the steps they can take to stay safe from anywhere, at anytime. The mobile site includes convenient features, such as emailing an emergency kit shopping list to family and friends. Site content was developed with input from Public Safety Canada’s “72 Hours” campaign partners, including the Canadian Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, and The Salvation Army, as well as provincial and territorial emergency management organizations.
Ontario Power Generation – Water Safety
Website: Water safety – Dams and Waterways (link opens in new window)
Environment Canada has numerous fact sheets on summer and winter weather. Click on the links below for further information
Severe Summer Weather
Website: Severe Summer Weather (link opens in new window)
Website: Lightning Safety (link opens in new window)
Watches, Warnings and Special Weather Statements
Website: Watches, Warnings and Special Weather Statements (link opens in new window)
Website: Winter Weather (link opens in new window)
Weather and Meteorology
Website: Weather and Meteorology (link opens in new window)