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Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

Most likely types of emergencies that can occur in Elgin County:

- Snow/ice storms and windstorms
- Fire
- Flooding
- Fog
- Erosion
- Transportation accident
- Hazardous materials incident
- Water emergency (quality)
- Drought/extreme temperatures

If an emergency happens in Elgin County it may take emergency workers some time to reach you

You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.


It is quick and easy to become prepared to face a range of emergencies any time anywhere. The basic steps outlines below will help you take care of yourself and your loved ones during an emergency.
During an emergency, weather warnings and, updates about an emergency event or other information relating to an emergency may be broadcast via local Radio and TV stations. It is very important to have a portable battery powered radio and a fresh supply of batteries on hand in case the power goes out. 

Make a Basic Emergency Plan and include the following:

illustration of emergency prepared checklistIdentify emergency exits

Draw a floor plan of your home that shows all possible exits from each room.

Identify safe places

Plan 2 locations where you can meet  outside of your home in an emergency

  1. near home
  2. outside immediate neighbourhood

Set up a list of emergency contacts

Plan for pets

Plan for special health needs

Emergency kit showing supplies needed for an emergencyMake an Emergency Kit and include the following:


  • at least 2 litres of water per person per day


  • have good that won't spoil, such as canned foods, energy bards and dried food (include a can opener)

Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)

Wind-up or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)

First adi kit

Extra keys to your car and house

Some cash in smaller bills

Copy of your emergency plan

If applicable, other items such as prescription medication, infant formula, and food for your pets.

Resource Websites/Documents during an Emergency

Government Canada

Get Prepared website


Environment Canada Weather Office

Emergency Kit

Get an emergency kit link