EMERGENCY PLANNING

Committee Members are:
Greg Lough:  Community Emergency Management Coordinator
Lindsey Parkes:  Alternate CEMC

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A copy of the Township's Emergency Plan is available for public viewing at the Municipal Office.  You can also visit the Emergency Management Ontario Web Site at www.emergencymanagementontario.ca for more information.

Links:

Transportation:

For information on provincially maintained highways including road conditions and closures across the Province, refer to: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/trip

Fire Links:

Checklist Emergency Food & Water Kit
Have at least a three-day supply of food and water on hand. Choose ready-to-eat foods that your family likes. Choose food that does not require refrigeration. Have at least four litres of water per person per day, two for drinking and two for food preparation, hygiene and dishwashing.

Stock the following canned foods such as soups, stews, baked beans, pasta, meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and fruits. Include other items such as crackers and biscuits, honey, peanut butter, syrup, jam, salt and pepper, sugar, instant coffee and tea. Note: Replace canned food and dry goods once a year. Also have knives, forks, spoons, disposable cups and plates, manual can opener, bottle opener, waterproof matches, plastic garbage bags, fuel stove and fuel. Note: Do not use a BBQ indoors.

Other items that you should have in the kit are a flashlight, radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, candles and matches/lighter, extra car keys and cash, identification for everyone and personal documents, clothing and footwear (one change per person), blankets or sleeping bags (one per person), toilet paper and other personal supplies, backpack or duffel bags to carry everything, playing cards or games and prescription medication and extra eye glasses. Keep at least one week's supply of medication in your kit and include copies of prescriptions for your medicine and glasses.

Special needs kit for babies and toddlers are diapers, bottled milk, toys, crayons and paper.

Car Kit should contain a shovel, sand and salt or kitty litter, traction mats, tow chain, compass, cloth or paper towel, warning light or road flares, extra clothing and footwear, emergency food pack, axe or hatchet, booster cables, ice scraper and brush, road maps, matches, a survival candle in a deep can to warm hands, heat a drink or use as an emergency light, fire extinguisher, methyl hydrates for fuel line and windshield deicing, a flashlight, first aid kit with a seatbelt cutter, and survival blankets.

Be Ready to Evacuate
If the emergency is serious enough, you may be asked to leave your home and go to a nearby evacuation centre, like a school gym or a community hall.

  • leave immediately
  • take your emergency survival kit with you
  • listen to the radio and follow instructions from local emergency officials
  • if you are instructed to do so, shut off water, gas and electricity
  • make arrangements for pets.
  • wear clothes and shoes appropriate to conditions
  • lock the house
  • follow the routes specified by the officials. Do not take shortcuts. A shortcut could take you to a blocked or dangerous area.
  • if you have time, leave a note telling others when you left, and where you went.
  • if you are evacuated, sign up with the registration centre so you can be contacted or reunited with your family and loved ones.
  • If you have to evacuate your home for a prolonged period during a winter power failure, drain the water from the plumbing system. Starting at the top of the house, open all taps and flush toilets several times, and open the drain valve in the basement. Drain your hot water tank by attaching a hose to the tank drain value and running it to the basement drain. If a gas fired water tank, the pilot light should be turned off, and a local gas dealer should be called to relight it. Also unhook washing machine hoses and drain.