Emergency Management

Emergency Preparedness Week – May 5 to 11, 2024


Emergencies can happen at any time so make sure your family is prepared.  Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. 

This year’s theme is “Plan for Every Season.”

Some risks are natural disasters and natural hazards, including flooding, storms and wildfires, ice storms and hydro outages. 

Every household should have an emergency plan and an emergency kit:

The following list includes essential items to have in your emergency kit:

  • food (non-perishable and easy-to-prepare items, enough for three days) and a manual can opener
  • bottled or bagged water (4 litres per person for each day) and backup water purification tablets
  • medication(s)
  • toilet paper and other personal items such as soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) such as medical masks and respirators
  • back up chargers and power banks for cell phone or mobile device
  • cash in small bills
  • portable light source such as a flashlight, headlamp or glow stick
  • radio (crank or battery-run)
  • extra batteries
  • first-aid kit
  • candles and matches/lighter
  • hand sanitizer or moist towelettes
  • important papers such as a copy of your emergency plan, identification, contact lists, copies of prescriptions, etc.
  • extra car and house keys
  • whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
  • zip-lock bag (to keep things dry)
  • garbage bags and duct tape

Additional considerations

The following list includes additional items you may require to meet your household’s unique needs:

  • items for babies and small children such as diapers, formula, bottles, baby food, etc.
  • comfort and sentimental items such as photos of loved ones, irreplaceable items, etc.
  • prescription medication
  • medical supplies, equipment and copies of care/support plans including contact information for doctors or specialists
  • extra pair of glasses or contact lenses and solution (if applicable)
  • pet supplies (learn more on how to keep pets safe in an emergency)
  • any other items specific to your household’s needs

For further information please click on the following links:

Emergency Management

Emergency Preparedness Week 2023 – May 7 to 13, 2023

Ontario’s first-ever Provincial Emergency Management Strategy and Action Plan ensures that Ontarians are safe, practiced and prepared before, during and after emergencies. The plan sets a foundation for emergency management in Ontario, informed by emergency events across the province, and placing the most vulnerable, including but not limited to Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, seniors, racialized communities, and persons experiencing poverty and at risk for homelessness, at the centre of planning, preparedness and mitigation.

From wildland fires to flooding, tornadoes, windstorms, cyber security threats, and pandemics, there has been a significant increase in emergencies across Canada and Ontario. The Provincial Emergency Management Strategy and Action Plan builds on lessons learned from past emergencies including the COVID-19 pandemic which was the single largest provincial emergency in decades.

Visit Ontario’s Provincial Emergency Management Strategy and Action Plan for more information.

 72 Hours: Is Your Family Prepared?

If an emergency happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

Emergency Preparedness Week (May 7-13, 2023) encourages Canadians to take concrete actions to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. This special week is a national effort lead by Public Safety Canada, provincial and territorial emergency management organizations, Indigenous organizations, non-governmental organizations, and private sector.

By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere. It is important to:

Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare.

Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do.

Get an emergency kit – During an emergency, we will all need some basic supplies. We may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.

Please do your part!  Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better – both during and after a major disaster. Get an emergency kit now – it can make a world of difference.

Preparing for Emergencies

All it takes is three simple steps to get prepared for emergencies:

1. Be Informed.

Top risks include:

  • Flooding
  • Severe Winter Weather (Snow Storm, Blizzard, Ice, Sleet Storm)
  • Human Health Emergencies and Epidemics
  • Widespread Electrical Disruption
  • Fires
  1. Make a Plan

Every family should have an emergency plan. Create your own plan online.  Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live and work.  Identify two places for your family to meet.  Develop a plan so your family can stay in touch during an emergency.  Check with your employer about workplace emergency plans, including:

Fire alarms
Emergency exits
Meeting points
Designated safety personnel or floor wardens
You may want to have some basic supplies at work, such as water and food that won’t spoil, in case you need to stay put for a while.
Plan for your Children, for Seniors or your Pets

Ask your children’s school or daycare about their emergency policies. Find out how they will contact families during an emergency.

Make sure the school or daycare has updated contact information for parents, caregivers and designated persons.

Prepare a kit to take with you that includes contact numbers, medications and special needs supplies for Seniors.

In case of an evacuation, remember that pets may not be allowed in some hotels or evacuation centres. In case of an evacuation, prepare to take your pets with you to the home of a relative or friend, or take steps to identify pet-friendly hotels or pet boarding facilities in your area and further away from home.

  1. Get an Emergency Kit


Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Ensure that everyone in the household knows where the emergency kit is. Create a “go bag” in case you have to evacuate your home:

  • Battery powered radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Lightweight blankets
  • Emergency information, including insurance policies
  • A list of medications and correct dosage, and doctor’s names and numbers
  • Personal items such as toothbrushes, soap, extra eyeglasses, etc.
  • Cell phone and charger
  • First aid kit
  • Change of clothing
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Books, cards or magazines to pass the time
  • Cash
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Keep photocopies of important family records and documents in a waterproof, portable container
  • If applicable, infant supplies
  • 3-day supply of food for your household
  • 72-hour supply of water
  • Prescription medication
  • Health-related supplies
  • Assistive devices
  • Pet emergency kit

You should also consider keeping an emergency kit in your car:

  • Snow brush, ice scraper and shovel
  • Booster cables
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Water and emergency food supply
  • Blanket
  • Spare warm clothing
  • Hat, mitts, scarf, and boots
  • Windshield wiper fluid and gas-line antifreeze
  • Sand, salt, cat litter or traction mats for ice
  • Emergency flares
  • Emergency contact numbers (including roadside assistance)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Whistle
  • Spare fuel container (kept out of passenger area of the vehicle)
  • Road maps
  • Car charger or power bank for cellphone
 Where can I find information?

You can find information about storms and weather by visiting Environment Canada or The Weather Network, and the potential for flooding through the provincial flooding website. You can also find information about power outages by visiting HydroOne’s information page, and any major emergency situations within Ontario by visiting the provincial emergency management website.

While you can often find updates through various social media outlets, we encourage you to use official sources for safety information, please watch this page as well as the Municipal Facebook page, which is updated frequently.

What should I know about emergency preparedness?

Small Pet Emergency Planning Info Sheet

Emergency Response Plan

What is available for Disaster Recovery Relief?

The Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program is a program that can help property to recover costs after a natural disaster.  The Province may activate DRAO for damage to private property if there is a sudden, unexpected natural event that causes costly and widespread damage.  Please note that this program must be activated by the Province and as of the time of posting this information, it has not been activated.  You must first make a claim with your insurance company.  Applicants with insurance may be eligible for additional payment under the program only if insurance coverage is insufficient to cover essentials.  The program is meant to meet basic needs only.  Homeowners with more than $275,000.00 in insurance coverage are not likely to be eligible under the program.  The financial limit is $250,000.00 per application and is subject to a $500.00 deductible which could be waived for low-income households.  Please note that if you are trying to make a claim for a second home (such as a cottage) which is not your primary residence, the Province will not provide assistance under this program.  Please click on this link for further information:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/apply-disaster-recovery-assistance

Severe Weather Event – May 21st 2022

All details pertaining to this event have been posted on Wollaston Township’s Facebook page – however, important notes have been highlighted here.

Our Fire Chief has stopped and given reminders to numerous stakeholders while he continues to work tirelessly with the assistance of the Fire Department and the Roads Department on the aftermath of the storm. Restrictions are imposed to keep everyone safe – please help the Fire Department by following those restrictions. Day burning is PROHIBITED from 7am to 7pm daily.
We are no longer accepting brush from the May 2022 Derecho event at the Township office. Entering the lot to deposit brush may be considered dumping. Large trucks are entering an exiting the lot as the chipping and hauling is completed, we ask that all those visiting the office, or water tap to stay alert, as always.

Municipal Office Hours for Friday, June 7, 2024

The Municipal Office will be CLOSING today, June 7, 2024 at 3:00pm and will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, June 10, 2024.

 We apologize for any inconvenience.

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