Being ready for an emergency at home or across the municipality takes planning and preparation.
Emergency Management Program
Middlesex Centre's emergency management program aims to:
- protect public safety, public health, the environment, critical infrastructure and properties
- promote economic stability and a disaster resilient community
Emergency management services are coordinated with the County of Middlesex and are in accordance with Ontario's Emergency Management Act. Our focus is on mitigation/prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
Middlesex Centre's Emergency Response Plan outlines the key steps the municipality will take when faced with an emergency situation.
Disaster Preparedness - Are you Prepared?
Is your family ready in case of an emergency?
We know that emergency situations can happen at any time and with little warning. By being prepared you'll be able to help yourself and others when disasters strike.
Step One - Know the Risks
Knowing the hazards and emergencies that we might face in our region can help you better prepare. These risks go from power outages to tornadoes to snow storms, and to longer-term emergencies like pandemics.
- Get Prepared: Hazards and Emergencies (Government of Canada)
- Extended Power Outages (County of Middlesex)
- Flood Ready (Government of Canada)
Step Two - Make a Plan
A plan will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. Taking a few minutes now will help your family know where to go and how to get in contact with one another during an emergency.
- Step-by-Step Guide to Making an Emergency Plan (Government of Canada)
- Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities / Special Needs (Government of Canada)
- Emergency Preparedness for Children (Government of Canada)
If you have pets, service animals or livestock in your care, your plan should include how they'll be cared for during an emergency:
- Caring for your Pets in an Emergency (County of Middlesex)
- Emergency Preparedness for Pets (Government of Canada)
- Emergency Preparedness for Farm Animals (Government of Canada)
Step Three - Prepare an Emergency Kit
In an emergency you will need some basic supplies to ensure you are ready to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.
- Get Prepared: Basic Emergency Kit Checklist (Government of Canada)
Step Four - Stay Informed
Ontario's Alert Ready System sends emergency messages directly to your phone.
It is part of the emergency alert system, which shares messages on radio, TV and compatible wireless devices to help ensure that you have the information you need should an emergency arise.
Learn more about preparing for emergencies, including a special presentation for youth, on the County of Middlesex website: middlesex.ca