Emergency Preparedness

“Plan for the worst and hope for the best” may be a cliché but it does have some merit.

Working to meet the priorities of the Citizens’ Action Plan, Halton Region has comprehensive, detailed plans in place to respond to many emergency situations, which include coordination with community partners such as each Local Municipality, local fire services and Halton Regional Police. We also regularly put our plans to the test to ensure we are ready to respond effectively. These efforts are all part of our commitment to enhance the safety of all residents in Halton.

Late last year we also launched an enhanced Community Notification Service (eCNS) using a database that includes contact information for more than 95 per cent of Halton residents and businesses with traditional land line telephone service. Halton is one of the first Canadian municipalities to have access to this enhanced data for use in its community notification efforts.

We can’t always prevent or stop an emergency, but we can all be prepared by knowing the risks, having a plan and getting an emergency kit. For more information about Halton’s Emergency Management Program and to download or order Halton’s Personal Emergency Preparedness Guide, visit www.halton.ca/beprepared or dial 311. You can also follow @BPreparedHalton on Twitter for incident updates and preparedness tips.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”