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Be better prepared for emergencies by knowing the risks, making a plan, and building a kit!
A hazard is an event or physical condition that has the potential to cause fatalities, injuries, property damage, infrastructure damage, agricultural loss, environmental damage, interruption of business, or other types of harm or loss.
In preparing for an emergency, it is important to consider what hazards or risks will most likely affect us. Wellington County and its member municipalities have carefully completed hazard identification and risk assessments (HIRA). The following is a list of the most probable hazards identified in Wellington County.
Local municipalities are usually the first level of government to respond to a community emergency; however, many emergencies happen suddenly and without warning. It takes time to activate response efforts. If you are not injured or sick, you should be prepared to survive on your own for at least 72 hours without help. There are things that you can do to prepare for those three days, including making a family emergency plan and preparing an emergency kit. View the County's Get Prepared brochure for lots of good preparedness information.
There are many sources of information available to help you get started. The following link to Public Safety Canada will provide you with some good resources for making your emergency kit and better preparing you and your family. In addition, this site can assist you with the preparation of your own family emergency plan. It only takes 20 minutes. Follow this link to prepare your Emergency Plan now.
After completing a family emergency plan, you can get started on a 72-hour home emergency kit.
If you have to stay at home for several days because of a snow storm or ice storm or if you have to leave your home because of an emergency, it is a good idea to have a 72-hour emergency kit ready to go.
When preparing a kit, consider any special needs of family members and don't forget your pets.
Basic kit items include water and food. For a complete kit checklist, and list of retailers carrying pre-made kits, visit: Get a Kit now or contact the County of Wellington Emergency Management office for more information.
Home generators are handy for backup electricity in case of an outage. Here are some safety tips to remember.
To reduce fire risk during a power outage, the Office of the Fire Marshal offers the following safety tips:
Where can I access information if the power goes out?
December’s ice storm left many County residents without power for several days. In the event of a power outage, the best place to access information is your local radio station, if you don’t have access to a smartphone. The County contacts local radio stations with closure and warming centre information.
The following radio stations should be monitored for important updates:
The County will also provide updates on www.wellington.ca and on the County’s official emergency twitterfeed - @wellingtncounty as necessary.
Adding a battery operated radio to your 72 hour emergency kit is a great idea. Alternatively, you can listen to these stations, on the hour, using your car radio for important updates.
Beyond the items you need for you and your family, you will need to make sure you have items prepared for your pet in case of emergency. The list below is a good place to start.
Have a kit or carrying bag with the following items:
For more important information on pet preparedness, follow this link for Emergency Preparedness For Pets
Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners.
During EP Week, activities are organized across Canada to raise awareness of the importance of having an emergency kit; making an emergency plan; and identifying risks in the region. These three simple steps can help Canadians prepare for all types of emergencies.
Every year, the County of Wellington participates in EP Week and other activities aimed to increase public awareness of emergency management.
Check out Public Safety Canada's Get Prepared website to learn more about Emergency Preparedness Week.