Prepare to Be Prepared!

Complete Challenges, Be Prepared, Win Prizes!

Are you up for a challenge? Join us as we Prepare to Be Prepared!

Throughout the month of May we challenge you to take part in as many #BePrepared challenges you can! With over 40 challenges to choose from in eight different categories, there is something for everyone. Being prepared can be as simple as signing up for weather alerts or as busy as preparing a 72 hour emergency preparedness kit!

Did we mention that the more challenges you complete, the more points you receive toward amazing emergency preparedness prizes? Take part as an individual, a family, or a community group and build your resilience to extreme weather and emergency situations today!

P2BP Contest Rules

  • Complete your registration form and submit it to environment@oakville.ca. Once registered you will receive your confirmation email containing a pdf Challenge Booklet and your electronic P2BP scorecard.
  • Complete as many challenges as you wish during the month of May to earn points toward great prizes!  Each category contains a Wildcard challenge, think about what you have done in the past to prepare yourself, or start now, complete some challenges in April and mark them on your P2PB scorecard as Wildcard Challenge!
  • Each challenge is worth 4 pts, some challenges have 2 bonus pts to be earned by completing another associated task and each Wildcard challenge is worth 4 pts.
  • Promoting the challenge and your successes on social media will always earn you an extra point. Remember to use the hashtags #P2BP #ChallengeAccepted  and #BePrepared
  • Click here to see what great emergency preparedness prizes are up for grabs - Individual Prizes and Group Prizes.
  • Challenges must be completed and electronic scorecard submitted by May 31, 2017.

Register Now!

Challenge Categories

Complete as many challenges as you can in order to be better prepared for extreme weather and emergency situations! Click on the categories below to reveal a multitude of challenges that you can take part in.

Remember – the more challenges you complete, the more points you collect toward awesome prizes!

 All challenges can be found within the P2BP Challenge Booklet.

Plan to be Prepared

Emergencies can happen at any time and can be most challenging when there is little to no warning.  Being prepared and knowing what to do in different types of severe weather events and hazards will help you to stay safe and reduce the impacts on your health and property. The town is prepared to respond to emergencies, but only YOU can prepare yourself, your family and your home!

Power Up to Power Down

An extreme weather event or emergency situation can happen at any time. In Oakville, we have experienced power outages due to extreme weather events such as floods, freezing rain, sleet/ice storms and/or high winds which damage power lines and equipment. Being prepared means knowing how to protect yourself and your property before, during and after unexpected power outages.

Be Rain Ready - Stormwater Master Planning

Extreme precipitation events can have devastating effects on our natural and built environments, health and safety as well as recreation and tourism. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, over 1.7 million homes are at risk from flooding. Most Canadians don’t realize they are at risk, and don’t have a plan to protect themselves or their property from flooding. Observation of changing weather patterns and data projections indicate that more precipitation will fall in shorter periods of time causing personal safety risks, environmental impacts and property damage. Prepare to be prepared today by completing some of the “Be Rain Ready” challenges!

Be Wind Ready

In the past an average of approximately 12 tornadoes were reported in Ontario per year. In 2013, 22 tornadoes were reported in Ontario. Environment Canada accounts for this increase in part due to population growth and urban sprawl – there are more people in more places to report such occurrences. But there is also scientific evidence that states that rising air and water temperatures will contribute to more tornado activity in areas not previously prone to this type of activity. Tornado season typically lasts until early October.

According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), wind damage is covered under most Canadian policies, and damage to vehicles from wind is usually covered by a comprehensive auto insurance policy or if ‘all perils’ coverage has been purchased. Purchasing this coverage is not mandatory, so check your policy. For information on how you can build your resiliency visit the high wind and tornadoes pages.

Clear Sky at Night, Boater's Delight!

Oakville’s location on the north shore of Lake Ontario provides residents and tourists with many benefits and opportunities but it also poses some risks under extreme weather conditions.

In light of our changing climate and the severity of extreme weather in Ontario, the Town of Oakville would like to remind boaters, fisherman and all other users of Lake Ontario to stay safe this summer.

When Thunder Roars

According to Environment Canada, lightning flashes occur in Canada over two million times a year, including about once every three seconds during the summer months. In Canada, lightning strikes result in up 10 fatalities each year and seriously injure about 164 others. Lightning can ignite up to 4,000 forest fires per year in Canada. A reminder from Environment Canada states that, “When thunder roars, go indoors! – when you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning.”

Survival of the Healthiest

Halton Region is concerned about environmental health, and monitors air and water quality while responding to other environmental health concerns. Having good environmental health lowers human risk for disease and illness.

The presence of vectors and the diseases they carry may not be caused by climate change but the change in their migration, breeding and life cycle patterns are definitely influenced. For example, increased annual temperatures may allow for a longer active season for disease vectors. An increase in precipitation may allow for more standing water and mosquito breeding grounds.

Love to Learn?

Knowing your risk, and the emergencies around you is half the battle; preparing is the other half. Knowing how to respond in an emergency is great, but if not equipped with the proper resources then there is a greater risk to self. Taking the time to learn about different emergencies – especially the ones prominent in your area – is something that will take a short amount of time, but can be life changing when disaster strikes.