What is Alert Ready?
Alert Ready is designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television and radio. The Alert Ready system is developed in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, Environment and Climate Change Canada, The Weather Network and the broadcasting industry and wireless service providers, to ensure you receive alerts immediately and know when to take action to keep yourself and your family safe.
Starting April 6th, in addition to TV and Radio, Alert Ready will be sending life-threatening emergency alerts to cell phones and wireless devices that are compatible with Wireless Public Alerting (WPA). In order for emergency alerts to be received on a wireless device, three conditions must be met. The wireless device must be:
1. An LTE-device like a smartphone (LTE is commonly referred to as “4G LTE”)
2. Wireless public alerting (WPA)-compatible
3. Connected to an LTE cellular network at the time the emergency alert is issued.
Please see the following link for more information and frequently asked questions.
- Website: Alert Ready (link opens in new window)
Emergency Preparedness Week
The “Are You Ready?” theme focuses on the importance of individuals and families being prepared for emergencies before they happen. It provides municipalities with the flexibility to concentrate on general emergency preparedness issues as well focuses attention on seasonal concerns, throughout the remainder of the year. Drawing attention to specific or localized, emergency issues on a seasonal basis using the “Are You Ready?“ theme will maintain momentum on emergency preparedness throughout the year.
The Are You Ready? theme for 2019 EP Week lends itself to focusing on specific hazards or emergency situations and question whether one is adequately prepared to deal with an emergency.
By considering any type of emergency scenario and framing it in front of the question “Are You Ready?” people can focus attention on what they need to do to deal with those specific scenarios, for example:
- There is a risk of flooding. ”Are You Ready?”
- Forest fires are causing evacuations. “Are You Ready?”
- If the power went out for an extended period of time. ”Are You Ready?”
- There is a severe thunderstorm warning. ”Are You Ready?”
- A tornado warning has been issued. ”Are You Ready?”
The “Are You Ready?” theme for the 2019 EP Week lends itself to framing any type of emergency in practical terms that people can relate to. Focusing attention on the actual risks to them and their families should lead to increased awarenwess and understating that there could be real consequences if they are not adequately prepared.
Increased understanding of risk should lead to action, which will lead to readiness, which will result in increased resilience to the negative impact of emergency situations.
Seniors and Emergencies
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 branches 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.
Emergency Prepareness: Build a Kit
Website: Build a kit (link opens in new window)
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)
Emergency Prepareness: Make a Plan
Website: Make a Plan (link opens in new window)
Pets and Emergencies
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.
Other Safety And Emergency Preparedness Sites:
- Website: Water safety – Dams and Waterways (link opens in new window)
- Website: Extreme Heat (link opens in new window
- Website: Floods (link opens in new window
- Website: Thunderstorms (link opens in new window
- Website: Winter Storms (link opens in new window
- Website: Forest Fires (link opens in new window
- Website: Tornadoes (link opens in new window
- Website: Nuclear incident (link opens in new window
- Website: Pandemic (link opens in new window
- Website: Earthquakes (link opens in new window)
Public Weather Alerts for Canada
Website: Public Weather Alerts for Canada (link opens in new window)
Ontario’s Emergency Public Warning System is a tool that provides timely and accurate information to Ontario residents, businesses and visitors during an emergency. The system allows Ontarians to receive three types of warnings – Red Alerts, Emergency Information Advisories and Tornado Warnings. Please click on link below for more information.
Website: Public Alerting in Ontario (link opens in new window)
Ontario 511 is an abbreviated telephone number, part of a North American traveller service, offering 24/7 bilingual information on Winter Road Conditions, Closures and Construction information and other features. Please visit their website at www.ontario.ca/511 or by clicking the link below.
Website: MTO – 511 (link opens in new window)