Emergency Planning

Fire trainingEmergencies such as floods, tornadoes, chemical spills and service disruptions, like the power blackout in 2003, can strike at any time.

The Town of Oakville 2013 Emergency Plan (accessible pdf, 891 kB) meets the requirements set out by Emergency Management Ontario. This document is available in an alternate format upon request. Visit the accessibility page for contact details.

Personal emergency preparedness

Plan to be prepared at home and at work. Halton Region provides a Personal Emergency Preparedness Guide to help you plan in the event of an emergency or disaster. The region provides this guide in an alternate format. The guide includes information about:

  • 911 versus 311
  • Non-emergency numbers
  • Knowing the risks
  • Home escape plans
  • Plans and evacuations
  • After an emergency
  • Getting a kit
  • Family emergency go-kit
  • Shelter-in-place/stay-at-home-kit
  • Personal record of important information

Prepare for an emergency before it happens

Be informed of the risks in your area and what to do in the case of:

  • floods
  • tornados
  • earthquakes
  • storm surges
  • hurricanes
  • technological or environmental accidents such as chemical spills and power failures

Checklists, wallet cards and emergency plans can be found on the Emergency Preparedness website.

  • Develop a plan that outlines potential risks in your home, workplace, community and region. Include a list of out-of-town contacts, temporary accommodations and emergency pick-up for children at school or daycare. Most importantly, have a family evacuation plan in place and practice in at least once a year.
  • Prepare an emergency kit so that you and your family are self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Halton Region offers great tips and information on how to prepare you 72 hour emergency kit.

Influenza pandemics

Strains of influenza are circulating throughout the world all the time. Influenza and other (severe) respiratory infections are transmitted from person to person via the respiratory tract. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), influenza pandemics arise when all four of the following occur:

  • A novel influenza A virus emerges
  • The new virus can spread efficiently from human to human
  • The new virus causes serious illness and death
  • The population has little or no immunity to the new virus

A key component of individual preparedness is staying healthy and avoiding contact with the influenza virus. Get the flu shot each fall to protect you and your family, friends and co-workers. Since the virus that causes influenza changes frequently, you need to get a new flu shot each year. Visit the Halton Region’s Influenza web page for helpful information and tips on protecting you and your family from influenza.

Emergency preparedness for pets

In Ontario, each of us is responsible for our own safety and survival during the first 72 hours of an emergency. The responsibility of caring for pets ultimately rests on the owner, including during an emergency. It’s important to develop and create a 72 hour Pet Emergency Survival Kit, much like we would for ourselves and our families.

The family pet is an important and loving part of your household. Like family members, pets are also affected by emergencies. When building your family emergency plan, do not forget to include pet needs and remember to create a pet emergency survival kit, just as you would other members of your family. A little advance planning means your pet will also be cared for during an emergency. Visit the Emergency Management Ontario for more information on protecting your pet in the event of an emergency.

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