A flood, extended power outage, hazardous material leak or other disaster could affect water supply, cut electricity and phone service for days or even weeks. Emergency responders will be on the scene, but they can't reach everyone right away. Being prepared means being ready to cope for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while those in urgent need are helped first. It can also make real situations less stressful for you and your family. There are lots of quick, inexpensive things you can do to prepare your family (some of them take less than five minutes)! Know the risks - learn about local risks and plan for those that are more likely to occur. Is there spring flooding? Forest fires? Earthquakes? To find out more click here.
Make a family emergency plan - since your family may not be together when an emergency happens, a plan will help you and your family know what to do and how to reach each other in an emergency. CIick here to check out the "Making a Family Emergency Plan" video. Talk to your Kids about emergencies. Teach them basic personal information so they can Identity themselves if they become separated from you, and who to call like 9-1-1 or your local emergency number, to get help.
Get an emergency kit -find out exactly what goes in a kit by watching the short Video, "Preparing a Family Emergency Kit in Plain English" then share the link with friends or family.
Take part in Emergency Preparedness Week, during which the County joins with other municipalities, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada and other partners in raising awareness about the importance of being prepared.
Download and read our local “Be Prepared Grey Bruce Huron” publication or some of our other online resources available on this Page.