Emergency officials work to ensure the readiness of our communities,municipalities and province in an emergency event. However, we as individuals also have a responsibility to ensure our own safety and that of our family.
If you are without electricity for a couple of days, or weeks, do you have the supplies needed to see you through? Do you have a household emergency plan outlining exit routes from your home and your neighbourhood?
Emergencies can be stressful, but if you take the time now to prepare yourself and your family you will be better able to cope. Being prepared means:
- knowing the risks,
- developing a plan - it will help you and your family know what to do if an emergency should occur
- preparing a kit - having the necessary supplies on hand to help you and your family cope
To learn more about severe weather prepardness visit www.ontario.ca/emo
- Homeowners should ensure they have battery-operated smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms to provide early warning of fire and carbon monoxide.
- During a power outage, families should make sure electric stove elements and small appliances are OFF or unplugged to prevent fires from starting when the electricity is restored.
- The Ontario Fire Marshall (OFM) promotes the use of flashlights or battery-operated lanterns instead of candles or hurricane lamps during a power outage.
Additional fire safety information and tips are posted on the OFM website at www.ontario.ca/firemarshal
During an emergency, weather warnings and watches, updates about an emergency event or other information relating to an emergency may be broadcast via local Radio and TV stations. Therefore, it is very important to have a portable battery powered radio and a fresh supply of batteries on hand in case the power goes out. This may be your only source of up-to-date information during an emergency. Alternatively a crank radio is useful to have on hand.
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 two types of warnings:
- Red Alerts
- Emergency Information Advisories
A Red Alert is issued to provide recommended immediate actions to protect citizens, their families and others when there is an imminent threat to life, public safety or property. Red Alerts are coordinated by Emergency Management Ontario (EMO).
An Emergency Information Advisory provides information to Ontarians about current or evolving emergency situations or significant events.
To sign up for Red Alerts or Emergency Information Advisories, please visit www.ontario.ca/emo
Some situations in which a Red Alert may be issued include:
- Large fire or explostion
- Chemical leak or spill
- Nuclear emergency
- Extreme weather events
- Transportation accident
The Municipality has an active Emergency Response Plan which is tested on a regular basis. The four key components of emergency management are: prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
An emergency is a situation or impending situation caused by the forces of nature, an accident, an intentential act or otherwise that constitutes a danger of major proportions to life or property.
Emergency response begins with you, the individual, then the community, then the province, then the federal government.