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Emergency Preparedness Week is May 6-12. The wind storm May 4 was a good reminder to be prepared.

From blackouts to extreme weather events like tornadoes and floods, emergencies can happen anywhere at any time. Emergency Preparedness Week is May 6 to 12 and the City of Barrie reminds residents to know the risks, make a plan and get an emergency kit. Families should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours without vital services like electricity or tap water.

“Public safety begins at home. Everyone should be equipped to take care of themselves and their families for up to three days in the event of an emergency or disaster,” said Jeff Weber, Deputy Fire Chief. “Emergency Preparedness Week is a time to review your emergency plan with your family, build an emergency kit and keep yourself informed by learning about potential hazards in your area. Always remember to check on neighbours, family and friends who may be vulnerable or unable to support themselves during an emergency.”

Take time this week to make sure you and your family are prepared:

Know the risks

  • Different hazards require a different approach for being prepared. Visit ca/EmergencyManagement to learn more about potential hazards in Barrie so you know what to do to prepare.
  • During an emergency situation, listen for instructions from radio, television, online or mobile broadcasts. You can also subscribe to receive emergency alerts via SMS and email via ca/beprepared.

Make a plan

  • Every household needs an emergency plan. This includes where to go, how to go, where to stay and who to contact.
  • Ensure your plan includes the special needs of family members, such as where to get medical devices or medications in an emergency. Don’t forget about your pet. 

Get a kit

  • Kits should include bottled water, non-perishable food, crank radio or radio and batteries, flashlights and batteries, footwear and clothing, toiletries, medication, cash and important papers.
  • Keep these emergency supplies in a ‘grab & go bag’, such as a suitcase on wheels or backpack, so you can quickly grab your kit in case of an evacuation. Don’t forget to cater for the special needs of family members and your pets.

Life-threatening emergency alerts are now broadcast to compatible cell phones and wireless devices through the Alert Ready Emergency Alert System. A province wide test alert is scheduled for Monday, May 7 at 1:55 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast to radio, TV and compatible wireless devices. Visit to check your phone’s compatibility and learn more

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