Chair's Corner – Halton Region, Ontario

Be prepared for winter emergencies

The last days of November remind us that winter is nearly here. As we begin to plan festivities and to-do lists for the December weeks ahead, I encourage everyone to consider seasonal safety as well.

Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time, and the colder weather makes it especially important to plan today so we are protected tomorrow. Our emergency management plans and programs ensure our essential services remain available when you need them most.

Of course, emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that involves individuals, all levels of government and the community. Just as Halton works to safeguard residents and businesses from emergencies, you can take three easy steps to protect yourself, your family and your property.

You can also download our Personal Emergency Preparedness Guide, complete with checklists and step-by-step instructions, to help ensure you take the right precautions.

To stay up-to-date about emergencies and emergency preparedness:

By being prepared, you help protect your family and allow first responders to focus on those in immediate need during an emergency, increasing the resilience of our entire community throughout the colder months to come.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at 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”.