An emergency can be any situation or threat of an emergency that is caused by some event whether it is natural (e.g. tornado), technological (e.g. power outage), or human-caused (e.g. September 11th terrorist attacks), that negatively affects the health, safety or property of a significant portion of the people in a community.
As an important step in ensuring that Grey County has a proper emergency management program in place, we regularly update our Emergency Management Plan so that it reflects the procedures that would work best in managing a County-level emergency.
At the March 1, 2016 session of Grey County Council, By-Law No. 4932-16 was passed, resulting in the adoption of the updated Grey County Emergency Management Plan.
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Be Prepared at Home
There are several things you can and should do to keep you and your family safe in the event of an emergency. These can range from making a plan for your family to posting instructional signs on various household utilities and more. On this page, you will find some helpful tips on how to prepare yourself and your family for an emergency, as well as links to guides and websites containing helpful information on emergency preparedness at home.
- Be Prepared GreyBruceHuron (http://www.bepreparedgreybrucehuron.com/)
- Emergency Management Ontario (http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/home.html)
- Public Safety Canada (http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/index-eng.aspx)
- Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness (http://ccep.thrillworks.com/)
- Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness (http://www.ceep.ca/index.html)
- Alert Ready: Emergency Alert System (http://www.theweathernetwork.com/public-alerts/)
Making a Plan
- Your Emergency Plan (http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/plns/index-en.aspx)
- Make Your Family Emergency Plan Online (http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/plns/mk-pln-en.aspx)
- Making a Family Emergency Plan Video (http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/vds/mkng-pln-en.aspx)
- Emergency Plan for Pets and Services Animals (http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/plns/ptsndsrvcnmls-en.aspx)
- Staying in Touch During Emergencies (http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/plns/styngtchmrgncs-en.aspx)
Emergency Preparedness Guides (PDFs)
- Your Emergency Preparedness Guide (http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/yprprdnssgd/index-en.aspx)
- Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs (http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/pplwthdsblts/index-eng.aspx)
To fully prepare for an emergency of any sort, ensure that you have spoken to an insurance professional to confirm you have adequate coverage.
- Home Insurance: Is Yours Up To Date? (http://assets.ibc.ca/Documents/Brochures/Is-Your-Home-Insurance-Up-to-Date.pdf)
- Questions To Ask Your Insurance Representative (http://assets.ibc.ca/Documents/Brochures/Home-Insurance-Q-and-A.pdf)
Be Prepared on the Farm / Business
Depending on where you get your statistics, approximately 25-44% of businesses do not re-open after a disaster, and another 25-33% close within1 year of the disaster. Developing a crisis management plan to keep your farm or other business functioning is critical to weathering an emergency. Follow the links provided here for some solid starting points that you may use in your process of developing your own business continuity plan.
- Canadian Federal Government Business Continuity Planning (http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/bsnss-cntnt-plnnng/index-eng.aspx)
- “First Steps to Business Continuity Planning—Protect Your Bottom Line; Minimizing the Effects of Potential Threats to your Business” (http://www.peelregion.ca/health/bcp/index.htm)
- Emergency Preparedness For Your Business (http://assets.ibc.ca/Documents/Brochures/Emergency-Preparedness-for-Your-Business.pdf)
- Dairy Farm Pandemic Planning Guide (http://www.cdc-ccl.gc.ca/CDC/userfiles/file/E431718DAEC64D85A781244C64C77EC4.PDF)
- Emergency Preparedness for Farm Animals (https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/frm-nmls/frm-nmls-eng.pdf)
Get a Kit
There are several things that you can and should do to prepare you and your family for an emergency situation. One of the most important things to do is to put together an Emergency Kit. This kit should contain essentials that could keep your family going for up to 72 hours, in the case of an emergency. On this page, you will find some helpful tips on what items should go into your family’s kit, as well as links to videos, Emergency Kit checklists, and other information on properly preparing an Emergency Kit.
Just for Kids
An emergency can be a very scary time for kids. However, talking to young ones beforehand can help them feel calm if an emergency were to occur. Clink on the links provided to find videos, activity books and information on how to talk to your kids about emergencies.
- Emergency Preparedness for Children (http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/plns/mrgncychldrn-en.aspx)
- Helping Kids Cope When Emergencies Happen (http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/security-securite/emergency-prepare-urgence/cope-reagir-eng.php)
- Sesame Street: Let’s Get Ready (http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/ready#)
- FEMA Disaster Preparedness Colouring Book (http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/color.pdf)
Staying connected both before and during an emergency is vital to staying safe in the event of an emergency. Click on the links below to access resources that will contain weather information and alerts, emergency contacts, and social media sites that could be useful when an emergency hits.
During an emergency, 2-1-1 will be a wonderful resource to provide up-to-date information. In addition, this service is a wealth of knowledge for emergency contacts and everyday information. Check out their website or call 2-1-1 for assistance.
Weather Updates and Alerts
- Emergency Information Advisories (http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/stayconnected/stayconnected.html)
- Weather Watches and Warnings (http://weather.gc.ca/index_e.html)
- Red Alert Subscription (http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/stayconnected/redalert/redalert.html)
- RSS Feeds (http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/stayconnected/rss/rss.html)
- Sign Up for Weather Warnings (http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather-apps/?ref=topnav_downloads_weatherapps)
- Environment Canada Alert Me (https://ecalertme.weather.gc.ca/createaccount_en.php)