In your day-to-day living, disasters may seem a distant possibility. Yet natural disasters such as floods or tornadoes… technological or environmental accidents such as chemical spills… or service disruptions such as power failures during the winter can strike any community, including yours, at any time.
If you’re unprepared for a disaster, it can shatter your life. Expect the unexpected and plan for it. Knowing what to do when a disaster strikes will help you better control the situation and be in a better position to recover more quickly.
No community is equipped to handle all the demands of a catastrophe. Help your community by preparing yourself.
Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do before, during and after an emergency. Set up a family meeting this week to discuss how you can best prepare for an emergency.
Have your own plan.
It is YOUR responsibility to make sure that you and your family are as prepared as you can be for emergencies.
The Be Prepared – Not Scared brochure contains more information that will assist you and your family to be prepared.
Every home should have a “72 hour emergency kit”…enough for every member of the family.
Are you prepared? Do you have what you need to be safe and comfortable for 3 days; possibly without heat or light or drinking water?
On December 12, 2017 Norfolk County Council passed By-Law 2017-126 which updated the Norfolk County Emergency Response Plan. A copy of that plan is attached for your information:
Preparing for the Unexpected
Winter Power Failures
Prepare for the Woods
The Emergency Management Act of Ontario defines an Emergency as “a situation or an impending situation caused by the forces of nature, an accident, an intentional act or otherwise that constitutes a danger of major proportions to life or property” This could include anything from a large scale terrorist attack, to a wide spread power outage such as the one Ontario experienced in August 2003. Regardless of the scope or cause of an emergency, a common theme remains, planning and preparing for emergencies can decrease the impact an emergency can have on individuals and communities.
Self-Help Advice for Businesses and Institutions:
A Guide to Business Continuity Planning
How do you know if you are in an area that has a history of emergencies?
Natural Hazards Map
Emergency Management Ontario (EMO)
Federal Emergency Preparedness (Public Safety Canada)
Canadian Red Cross
Environment Canada – Canadian Weather
Environment Canada – Norfolk (Simcoe) Weather
Ministry of Environment – Air Quality
NOAA – National Weather Service – National Hurricane Center
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA US)
FEMA – Earthquakes
Earthquake Safety information
Protecting your Home and Health