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Emergency Preparedness

Although rare, you can protect yourself and your family in an emergency by knowing what to do ahead of time. York Region’s Emergency Preparedness Guide is a comprehensive resource that teaches residents about preparing for emergencies and disasters in the following areas:

  • What to do in emergencies most likely to occur in York Region
    • Hazardous materials incidents
    • Severe weather
    • Power outage
    • Health emergencies
    • Floods
  • What to do before an emergency
    • Developing an emergency plan
    • Creating an emergency kit
    • Preparing food and water supplies
    • Planning for your pets
  • What to do during an emergency
    • Preparing your home
    • Recommendations for evacuation and returning home
  • What to do after an emergency
    • Coping with a disaster
    • How you can help others
    • Insurance considerations

The Emergency Preparedness Guide for Senior Citizens and People with Disabilities and/or Special Needs provides additional information concerning:

  • Mobility
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Non-visible disabilities
  • Seniors with special needs
  • High-rise building safety
  • Travel considerations

Visit Emergency Management to learn more about York Region’s plans and programs for responding to emergencies.

Seniors to Go!

Seniors to Go! is an emergency preparedness resource developed by York Region Emergency Management for community groups who work with seniors.

This resource allows groups to facilitate emergency preparedness workshops for seniors without help from an emergency management specialist.

Components include:

Similar publications are available from Emergency Management Ontario and Public Safety Canada.

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