Emergencies happen. Expect the unexpected. Then plan for it.

Emergency preparedness starts with you. Whether it’s a chemical spill, power outage, or a natural disaster such as a tornado, we all need to be prepared because emergencies can happen, any time and any place.

In Halton, emergency response partners work together to assume a coordinated approach to the planning and management of emergencies.  Halton Region, the Halton Regional Police Service, the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville plan together to address emergency management issues.  Our goal is to ensure Halton is a disaster resilient community.  

We are prepared.  However, while governments and partners at all levels work hard to keep residents safe, individuals also have an important role to play. Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility. Are you prepared?

Visit www.halton.ca/beprepared to learn how to deal with emergencies and minimize the impact to your family. Being prepared really is your best defence!

Take three steps to protect yourself and your family from all types of emergencies.

  • Step 1. Know the Risks
    Although the consequences of different disasters can be similar, knowing the risks in your area can help you better prepare.
  • Step 2. Make a Plan
    You and your family need a plan to know what to do in case of an emergency. Your family may not be together when an emergency occurs.
  • Set 3. Get a Kit
    In an emergency, you will need some basic supplies. Make a Go-Kit for your house, car, pets or service animals in case you need to evacuate.

Emergency Preparedness Week, May 1 to 7, 2011, is a Canada-wide initiative to increase awareness about individual and family preparedness.  From April 29 to May 31, 2011, visit www.ontario.ca/beprepared External Link and Take the Challenge. This Emergency Preparedness Quiz has three categories of entry – children, youth and adults. Let’s see if we can beat last year’s record of 321 entries and show we are the most prepared community in Ontario!

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”