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Emergency Preparedness Week 2019

Posted on May 3, 2019

Emergency Preparedness Week is a federal-provincial-territorial initiative to promote emergency preparedness across Canada. This year, Emergency Preparedness Week runs from May 5th – 11th and the provincial theme for Ontario is: Are You Ready?

The “Are You Ready?” theme focuses on the importance of personal and family preparedness for emergencies before they happen.

May 10, 2019

While forest fires can be dangerous to people and property, being prepared in advance and knowing what actions to take can better protect you.

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Monday, May 6th 2019

Do you know what do in a tornado, flood or winter storm? Do you have everything you need during a major emergency?

The following online tool will help you create an Emergency Preparedness Action Plan for your household.

Your completed plan will:

  • List the specific steps you need to take to get prepared
  • Provide tips on hazards that might affect your community
  • Include information related to special needs you may have (for example, information for people with disabilities and pet owners)

You can't predict an emergency, but you can prepare for one.  Take action today!

Tuesday, May 7th


Families are encouraged to get together and prepare an emergency kit with enough supplies to last 72 hours (three days).




  • Food (non-perishable and easy-to-prepare items, enough for 3 days) and a manual can opener
  • Bottled water (4 litres per person for each day)
  • Medication(s)
  • Flashlight
  • Radio (crank or battery-run)
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Candles and matches/lighter
  • Hand sanitizer or moist towelettes
  • Important papers (identification, contact lists, copies of prescriptions, etc.)
  • Extra car keys and cash
  • Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
  • Zip-lock bag (to keep things dry)
  • Garbage bags

Special Considerations

  • Items for babies and small children—diapers, formula, bottles, baby food, comfort items
  • Prescription medication
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Any other items specific to your family’s needs

Extra Supplies for Evacuation

  • Clothes, shoes
  • Sleeping bags or blankets
  • Personal items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, comb, other toiletries)
  • Playing cards, travel games, other activities for children

Wednesday, May 8th


Alert Ready in Ontario is part of a national service designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving emergency alert messages to Canadians.  Emergency alerts are distributed on radio, TV and compatible wireless devices to help ensure that Ontarians have the critical information they need in emergencies to take necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families.  On May 8th, 2019 at 2:55 PM EST, another province-wide test of Alert Ready will occur.  These tests ensure the system will function properly when needed.


More information about Alert Ready in Ontario, and to check compatibility of your wireless devices, is available at

Thursday, May 9th



Learn about local hazards in your area and what to do for each hazard.  These actions may save your life.



  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.
  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.
  • Determine how best to protect yourself based on the type of flooding.  Evacuate if told to do so.
  • Obey traffic barricades and road closure signs.



Winter Storm

  • Avoid all unnecessary travel and postpone non-essential appointments.
  • Stay indoors and keep your pets inside.
  • Run a trickle of water to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • If you are outside, dress appropriately for the weather and check for frostbite regularly.



  • Go to the basement, or a small interior room on the lowest level, such as a closet or bathroom.
  • Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • If you are outside, go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter, or lay flat, covering your head with your hands for protection.
  • DO NOT take shelter under a highway overpass, where wind speeds can increase due to a tunneling effect.

Friday, May 10th

While forest fires can be dangerous to people and property, being prepared in advance and knowing what actions to take can better protect you.

If you are indoors:

  • Move away from outside walls
  • Close doors but leave them unlocked
  • Close windows, vents and blinds
  • Remove lightweight curtains
  • Open the fireplace damper and close fireplace screens
  • Turn a light on in each room to make your home easier to see in heavy smoke
  • Turn off air conditioners
  • Have a flashlight, extra batteries and a battery-powered radio close at hand in case the power goes out
  • Keep all family members and pets together

If you are told to leave your home:

  • If instructed to evacuate immediately, do so
  • Choose a route away from fire hazards
  • Watch for changes in speed and direction of fire and smoke
  • Wear clothing and footwear that can protect you against flying sparks and ashes
  • Take your pets with you
  • If there is time before you leave:
    • Pack as you would for a week’s vacation: clothes, cash, medications, etc.
    • Remove flammable materials away from your house
    • Turn on sprinklers to wet the lawn
    • Turn off the gas line to your home
  • Tell someone when you leave and where you are going

If you are outdoors during a wildfire:

  • Don’t try to outrun the fire — find a pond or river to crouch in
  • If you’re not near water, go to a lower level clearing
  • If you’re near a road, lie face down along the road cut or in the ditch. Cover yourself with soil or anything else that will shield you from the fire’s heat
  • Protect your lungs by breathing air closest to the ground through a moist cloth to avoid inhaling smoke

Step 1 - Know the Risks/Know Your Region

Step 2 – Make a Plan

Step 3 – Prepare a Kit

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