Disaster Preparedness & Response
Residents of Kingston should be prepared for an unexpected emergency or natural disaster. Some examples are major fires, chemical spills, flooding, extreme weather, loss of electrical power or an outbreak of disease.
All levels of government have emergency plans that are activated during a crisis. In Kingston, most schools, businesses and major institution have an emergency plan to guide key officials during an emergency or disaster.
Kingston's public health department alerts residents during extreme weather or outbreaks of communicable diseases.
Residents are strongly advised to prepare a family emergency kit with food and medical supplies that will last at least 72 hours. Recommended items include food and water, flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, money, and a battery- or hand-powered radio.
A separate emergency kit for the car is also recommended. The kit should include a blanket, first aid kit, flashlight, whistle, extra clothing, food and water, road flares and a tow rope.
For More Information
An overview from Health Canada of emergency preparedness and why individuals and governments must be ready to respond.
A three-step guide to understanding the risks facing different communities, making an emergency plan, and putting together an emergency kit. Includes safety tip service news feed.
Information on various types of emergencies — utilities disruption, extreme weather, fire, hazardous materials, human health — how the city is planning for them, how you can plan for them. Also includes information on personal and family (household) emergency preparedness: evacuation plans, go bags, etc.
How to report a natural gas smell, water leak, power outage or other utility emergency. Includes a Q&A on how to handle an emergency.
Information about emergency management and community safety in Ontario, including a link to news and events. Available five other languages.