Emergency preparedness extends beyond the individual. It is important to remember to reach out to neighbours, family and friends who may be vulnerable or incapable of supporting themselves during an emergency. Insight from recent emergencies has shown that while many are prepared for emergencies, some may not have the support or capacity to deal with emergencies for a variety of reasons. Vulnerable groups may include people with disabilities and special needs, children, seniors and pets.
Below are some tips to help you and your family be prepared:
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- Subscribe to alerts - During the 2013 Ice Storm, many people relied on their mobile devices to get hydro power updates and other vital information. If you haven’t already done so, subscribe to alerts and tell your family and friends about this useful tool. They can receive emergency notifications and preparedness messaging before and during an emergency.
Create an Emergency Preparedness Action Plan - Build your plan and encourage others to do the same at www.ontario.ca/beprepared. This online tool helps families build a customized emergency plan tailored to their needs.
It is important for potential emergency response agencies to be aware of their roles and responsibilities within the response framework. This document outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Town of East Gwillimbury as well as other response agencies at the provincial, regional, and private sector levels to meet the legislative requirements of the Emergency Management Act.
Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility, but as leaders in the emergency management field, let’s all lead by example.
Copies of the Town of East Gwillimbury Emergency Response Plan may be viewed at the Town’s Civic Centre in the Corporate Services Department, the Holland Landing or Mount Albert Libraries.
The Town of East Gwillimbury's Emergency Plan is available online here.