Personal Preparedness

Be better prepared for emergencies by knowing the risks, making a plan, and building a kit!

Know the risks

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.

  • Severe weather
  • Winter power failure
  • Flood
  • Transportation incident
  • Hazardous transportation incident
  • Energy emergency
  • Water emergency
  • Human health emergency
  • Foreign animal disease
  • Terrorism

Preparing You and Your Family

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.

Prepare a family emergency plan

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.

Prepare a 72-hour home emergency kit

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.

 Preparing for Power Outages

Home generators are handy for backup electricity in case of an outage.  Here are some safety tips to remember. 

  • Before considering the use of an emergency home generator during a power failure, check with furnace, appliance and lighting fixture dealers or manufacturers regarding power requirements and proper operating procedures.
  • Connecting a generator to an existing electrical system should be done only by a qualified Electrician approved by the Electric Safety Authority (ESA).
  • Always ensure that the generator operates outdoors in well-ventilated conditions,
    away from doors or windows, to prevent exhaust gases from entering the house.
  • Ensure you have a sufficient fuel supply.

Where can I access information if the power goes out?

Decemberís 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 donít 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:

  •  92.9 The Grand (Centre Wellington)
  •  1460 CJOY/Magic 106 (South Wellington)
  •   93.7 Country 93 (Wellington North)
  •   AM 920 (Wellington North)
  •   88.1 Headwaters New Mix (Erin)
  •   94.5 CKNX The Bull (Minto, Mapleton)

 The County will also provide updates on www.wellington.ca and on the Countyís 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.

 

Don't Forget Supplies for Your Pets!

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:

  • 3 -day supply of water and food, can opener
  • Blanket, pet toys
  • Leash/harness, muzzle (if required)
  • Plastic bags/ cat litter/pan
  • Pet carrier
  • Any medications/vaccination records
  • Up to date ID tag/vet contact

For more important information on pet preparedness, follow this link for Emergency Preparedness For Pets

Emergency Preparedness Week

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.

Challenge Among the Mayors 72 Hour Kit Cook-Off

The Challenge Among the Mayors is an annual event to promote emergency preparedness.  Using items found in a 72 hour kit, including food, non-electric cooking devices and utensils, our County of Wellington Mayors compete with each other to create a 3 course meal within 30 minutes. All teams were judged on creativity, taste, presentation and nutritional value.

The items supplied to the contestants this year were:

  • Apple juice                                                                                        
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Lemon juice                                                                      
  • Canned tuna
  • Olive oil                                                                                               
  • Canned turkey
  • Mayonnaise                                                                      
  • Chick Peas
  • BBQ sauce                                                                                          
  • Canned peas
  • Soy sauce                                                                                           
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Hot sauce                                                                                          
  • Canned potatoes
  • Worcestershire sauce                                                   
  • Vermicelli Noodles
  • Salsa                                                                                                     
  • Unsalted crackers
  • Brown sugar                                                                      
  • Minute rice        
  • Curry powder                                                                   
  • Apple Sauce
  • Paprika                                                                                
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Cinnamon                                                                                          
  • Canned Peaches
  • Garlic powder                                                                   
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Salt/pepper                                                                                       
  • 2 bottles of water

Some examples of meals prepared using the ingredients listed above were:

No-Heat Chick Pea Tuna Appetizers

Ingredients:

  • Canned tuna, drained
  • Chopped chick peas, drained
  • A few regular peas, drained
  • A few drained, chopped tomatoes
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pepper and salt

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and spread on rice crackers.  Sprinkle with paprika.

Troubled Times Turkey Curry

 Ingredients:

  • Canned turkey, drained
  • Canned potatoes, drained,
  • Canned tomatoes, drained, reserve ½ of the liquid
  • Can of cream of mushroom soup
  • Chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ bottle of water
  • Curry powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooked rice or noodles

Directions:

Mix soup, water, liquid from tomatoes, lemon juice, and spices together in sauce pan. Add turkey, chick peas and tomatoes. Heat until warmed through. Taste curry and season to personal preference. Serve over cooked rice or noodles.

 

Stuck Inside Sautéed Potatoes

 Ingredients:

  • Canned potatoes, drained
  • Olive oil
  • Your favourite spices available

Directions:

Heat oil in pie plate over heat source. Slice potatoes and add to hot oil. Sprinkle with seasonings. Stir continually until potatoes are browned.

 

Prepared for Anything Peach Crisp

Ingredients:

  • Canned Peaches, drained, reserve juice
  • 2 packets of instant oatmeal
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Dried cranberries soaked in approximately 2 tablespoons of juice from peaches
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Directions:

Mix peaches with dried cranberries in pie plate. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Mix oatmeal with brown sugar, cinnamon, olive oil and just enough peach juice to moisten. Top peaches with oatmeal mixture. Cover and heat over cooking source.

 

This yearís winning team was Team Shamrock from the Town of Erin consisting of Mayor Lou Maieron, Erin Montgomery, EMS supervisor Dean Deluca, Nic Reynolds and Thorntin MacDonald.