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Emergency Preparedness

Although rare, you can protect yourself and your family during an emergency or disasterby knowing what to do ahead of time. York Region’s Emergency Preparedness Guide is a comprehensive resource that teaches residents about:

  • What to do in the following emergencies most likely to occur in York Region:
    • Hazardous materials incidents
    • Severe weather
    • Power outages
    • Health emergencies
    • Floods
  • What to do before an emergency:
    • Develop an emergency plan for you and your family
    • Create an emergency kit, that includes food and water supplies
    • Plan for your pets
  • What to do during an emergency:
    • Prepare your home
    • Evacuate and return home, with care taken
  • What to do after an emergency:
    • Cope 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 about:

  • 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.


Business Continuity Planning / Emergency Preparedness

Help your business be more prepared for emergencies. Construct a plan for your business and employees to get through disasters or business interruptions using these tools:

Why does my business need a continuity plan?

Disasters big and small happen without warning, and being unable to provide your products and services to your customers can seriously hurt your business reputation. Having a plan in place before a disruption can make for a more effective response and faster recovery. With a plan in place, your business is better equipped to:

  • Remain competitive by staying open for business
  • Reduce any financial losses you may experience
  • Identify the weaknesses within your business
  • Improve your dealings with banks, creditors, investors and insurers by showcasing your business resilience
  • Protect staff and customers from harm

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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