The Regional Municipality Of York


Emergencies happen. Are you ready?

York Region kicks off Emergency Preparedness Week by encouraging residents to be prepared

Newmarket – An emergency can happen anytime, anywhere. Extreme weather events, including flooding, hazardous materials spills, tornadoes and power outages, are just some of the emergencies most likely to occur in York Region. By being prepared and knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency, we can help limit the potential impact and stress of these situations.

As part of Emergency Preparedness Week, York Region is sharing a number of resources to help residents get prepared for an emergency. York Region’s Emergency Preparedness Guide provides comprehensive information for individuals and families, including information specific to children, seniors, people with disabilities/special needs and pets. Here are the top three things you can do to be prepared:

1. Know the risks - In York Region, the top five hazards and risks include severe summer weather, power outages, health emergencies, hazardous materials incidents (rail or road) and winter storms.

2. Build a kit - Every household should have a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit; To help you get your kit started visit for a checklist identifying the top five items you need in your kit and watch this short video:

3. Stay connected - Download York Region’s mobile application from the App Store or Google Play and follow these instructions to activate emergency notifications

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 52,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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Media Contact: Kimberley Henderson, Office of the CAO,
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 77401
Cell: 289-221-2895

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