Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time



Nishan Duraiappah, Deputy Chief, Halton Regional Police Service; Greg Sage, Chief, Paramedic Services, Halton Region; Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair; Ralph Blauel, Chief, Emergency Management, Halton Region; and Gerry Lieferink, Platoon Chief, Oakville Fire, encourage residents to be prepared for emergencies.

At Halton Region, we are ready to respond to emergencies in the community—our emergency management plans and programs help ensure that our essential services remain available when you need them most. This commitment requires ongoing collaboration with local municipalities and community partners to coordinate response efforts and reduce the impact of emergency situations.

While we contribute by enhancing the resilience of our services, emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. You can take these three simple steps to be prepared and help everyone in Halton stay safe.

  • First step: know the risks – identify potential hazards in your community and stay informed about emergencies through alerts from the province or your local news provider.
  • Second step: make a plan – determine what each member of your household would do during and after various emergencies, also considering neighbours, family and friends who may be particularly vulnerable.
  • Third step: get a kit – assemble, buy or refresh the items your household would need to stay safe for 72 hours, including supplies for older adults, children and pets.

May 7-13 is Emergency Preparedness Week, and I encourage you to take this opportunity to follow these three steps and prepare. In addition to protecting your home and family, your efforts allow first responders to focus their attention on those in immediate need during an emergency situation. May 1 was First Responder’s Day in Ontario, and I would like to thank Halton’s dedicated paramedics, police officers and firefighters for helping to keep us safe.

Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that involves individuals, all levels of government and our community. To learn more about emergency preparedness, visit halton.ca/beprepared. By working together, we help keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

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”.