Keep you and your family safe this summer

Emergencies can happen at any time, and now that summer is here, it’s important to prepare ourselves in the event of a summer storm event. Here at Halton Region, we work with our local partners every day to ensure we are well-prepared for emergencies. Severe weather, floods and power outages are just a few things summer can bring.

Individuals and families need to be prepared in advance so they know what to do during the first 72 hours of an emergency, while fire, police and paramedics help those who need immediate support.

Stay safe for the first 72 hours by following these 3 simple steps:

  • Know the risks specific to your community.
  • Make a plan: Have an emergency plan in place to help you and your family know what to do if disaster strikes.
  • Get a kit: Buy one or make one yourself.
    • An emergency kit should include these basics:
      • Your personal emergency plan
      • Flashlight
      • Battery-powered or crank radio
      • First-Aid Kit
      • Non-perishable food and a manual can opener
      • Bottled water

Be sure to check out the full list of emergency kit items and for information on where to buy a kit.

For more information on how to keep yourself and your family safe before, during and after an emergency, visit or dial 311. Also don’t forget to read our flood guide to learn how to handle flooding.

Stay safe, be prepared and enjoy your summer!

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