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Emergency Preparedness Week May 3-9 2020

Although rare, the COVID-19 global pandemic has taught us emergencies can and do happen. Besides health emergencies like COVID-19, other emergencies can occur in York Region, such as floods, severe storms, power outages and hazardous material incidents.

All levels of government have a role to play when it comes to emergency preparedness. Earlier this week, the Province of Ontario announced it is ready to respond to the spring flooding season.

As York Region continues to navigate our emergency response to COVID-19, we see first-hand the importance of emergency preparedness.

This year marks the 25th annual Emergency Preparedness Week and it is a great time to review how you can best protect yourself and your family during an emergency.

When York Region declared a state of emergency on March 23, the Regional Emergency Operations Centre and Emergency Control Group were prepared and activated the emergency plan. York Region’s plan helped us take concrete actions to support our residents and communities.

The first step residents can take to be prepared is by creating a family emergency plan that includes every member of your family. We also recommend that you have an emergency kit available. The kit should have enough supplies to take care of you and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. You probably already have many of the items you will need at home, and you can make a kit by storing everything together in an easy-to-access backpack.

To get the entire family involved in planning for an emergency, York Region has created printable colouring sheets to help you and your children create an emergency kit, emergency evacuation plan and more. We invite you to print, colour and display them on your window.

The video highlights the top five items to help you get started, including:

  1. Water
  2. Radio
  3. Matches
  4. First Aid Kit
  5. Flashlight

It is also a good idea to stay connected by getting emergency notifications sent directly to your phone. Did you know you can opt-in to receive York Region alerts by downloading the York Region mobile application from the Apple Store or Google Play? Once you activate your emergency notifications, you will be alerted in real-time when there are significant issues or events in the Region.

For tips and checklists about how to be emergency ready, check out York Region’s Emergency Preparedness Guide .The guide can help you plan what to do before, during and after an emergency.

We all have a role to play in emergency preparedness.  Take action now to protect you and your family. Learn more at

EP week Although rare, the COVID-19 global pandemic has taught us emergencies can and do happen. The Regional Municipality of York en-US News

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