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Four ways to be prepared for an emergency

Emergency preparedness kit and checklist

Did you know: According to Statistics Canada the majority of Canadians are not adequately prepared for an emergency?

As part of Emergency Preparedness Week York Region encourages residents to plan ahead by:

  • Knowing the risks
  • Making a plan
  • Staying connected
  • Making a kit

Here’s how:

1. Knowing the risks:

Top seven hazards and risks in York Region

2. Making a plan:

Review York Region’s Emergency Preparedness Guide (page 38) for information on how to make an emergency preparedness plan for you and your family.

3. Staying connected:

Sign up for emergency notifications on your phone.  Simply download York Region’s mobile application from the App Store or Google Play. You can then activate notifications in less than 60 seconds following this easy step-by-step video:

App Store and Google Play

You can also opt-in to the Government of Ontario’s emergency alerts.

During an emergency, we encourage you to tune in to local resources for news and information so that you can receive up-to-the-minute news on what is happening. Here’s what else you can do to stay informed before, during and after an emergency:


4.    Making a Kit:

Each family should have an emergency preparedness kit to take care of themselves for a minimum of 72 hours. Not sure what to include? York Region has put together the top five items you need to get your kit started.

For more information visit York.ca/beprepared

If you are looking for a fun way to engage the family as part of Emergency Preparedness Week join York Region and York Regional Police at a free event at the Community Safety Village on May 12, 2018. There will be 25 exhibitors and lots of activities for the whole family, including a free BBQ (for kids under 12), crafts, a live fire demo and more! Come by and meet police officers, dogs from the canine unit, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency responders.



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