Keep Calm and Adapt - Emergency and Extreme Weather Preparedness Event

The town will be hosting it's fourth annual emergency and extreme weather preparedness event designed to help residents build their personal resilience to our changing climate. This event will take place at:

Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre
Sunday, May 6, 2018
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Exhibitors will be on hand to discuss programs and incentives available in Canada, Ontario and specifically Halton Region that can help you implement climate change mitigation and adaptation actions to help protect lives and properties.  Intact's Centre for Climate Adaptation's Home Flood Protection Program will be offering up to 50 free assessments to Oakville and Burlington residents for the month of May. Drop by and sign up to learn how to better protect your home!

Lots of information and activities available for all age groups.

2018 Keynote speaker: Mark Robinson

11 a.m. in Multi-Purpose Room 1 and 2

Mark has been storm chasing since 2000 with “on the ground” reports for The Weather Network so we can all experience the awesomeness of wild weather but as an experienced “chaser” he also knows the risks and puts safety first. He was the first on our network to stream live videos of a tornado, avalanches and hurricanes.

Mark has intercepted 15 hurricanes and over 30 tornadoes across North America. He jumps at the chance to go down to Tornado Alley during the height of tornado season, most recently reporting the devastation moments after a tornado touched down in Moore, Oklahoma. Mark was there for the most destructive hurricane in US history; Katrina.

Mark holds a Bachelors degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph and earned his Meteorology Certificate from York University.

Personal Preparedness Workshop

9:30 - 10 a.m. & 12:30 - 1 p.m.

Multi-Purpose Room 1 and 2

The Canadian Red Cross will be on hand will their Command Unit, a booth with information on Disaster Preparedness and to offer a Personal Preparedness Workshop to discuss knowing your risks, making a plan,  making a kit and the importance of being prepared for a full 72 hours.


This year's exhibitors include:

  • Town of Oakville Departments of
    • Emergency Management
    • Forestry
    • Building
    • Stormwater Management
    • Environmental Policy
    • TOWARF - Water and Air Rescue Force
  • Halton Region Health and Emergency Preparedness
  • Oakville Hydro
  • Conservation Halton
  • Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Preparedness
  • Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation - University of Waterloo
  • Partners4Action - University of Waterloo
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • Halton Environmental Network
  • Humane Society

To register as a 2018 exhibitor please fill out the Keep Calm and Adapt Exhibitor registration form and email it to

Youth groups, resident associations, harbour users, Girl Guides and Scouting programs are all encouraged to participate, contact

Prepare to be Prepared Challenge

During the month of May, take part in as many challenges as you wish and rack up the points to be used towards some great emergency preparedness prizes. There are over 40 challenges to choose from for all abilities and living conditions, take part as an individual, a family, or a community group and build your resilience to extreme weather and emergency situations. Visit the Prepare to be Prepared page for more information.