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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, including the City of Kingston, have emergency plans that are activated during a crisis. In Kingston, most schools, businesses and major institutions also 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 household evacuation plan that is regularly practiced and that includes emergency kits (go bags) for every family member with food and medical supplies that will last at least 72 hours. Recommended items include food and water, a flashlight and batteries, a first aid kit, money, and a battery- or hand-powered radio, as well as any special items necessary for people with disabilities/special needs, seniors, children, and pets.

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

Emergency Preparedness
An overview from Health Canada of emergency preparedness and why individuals and governments must be ready to respond.

Get Prepared (Government of Canada)
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. Includes family emergency kit and plan videos, a safety tip service news feed, an online Canadian Disaster Database and an Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs. Also available on Twitter, YouTube and by RSS.

City of Kingston’s Emergency Services
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, and a list of who to call in case of emergency. Also includes information on personal and family (household) emergency preparedness, such as evacuation plans, go bags, etc., and a downloadable Get Ready Kingston guide.

Emergencies: Overview — Utilities Kingston
How to report a natural gas smell, sewer backup, water leak, power outage, malfunctioning traffic light, or other utility emergency. Includes detailed information and resources, including what to do and who to contact, for each type of emergency. Also includes specific information for homeowners on what to do before starting any digging or for blocked sewer lines, as well the process for making property damage claims.

Emergency Management Ontario
Information about emergency management and community safety in Ontario. Features news and emergency alerts and includes a step-by-step toolkit on how to be prepared — including suggestions for people with disabilities and special needs, children, seniors, and pets. Basic “Be prepared” information is also in Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Finnish, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Accessible on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Emergency Red Alerts can be received by email or SMS text messaging.

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