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Be Prepared for the Unexpected

Preparing for the unexpected

Sudburians have faced many emergency situations in the past, from floods to ice storms, power outages and water supply problems.  For this reason, it makes sense to prepare for the unexpected.

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  • When disaster strikes, people should react in a calm and reasonable manner. To help protect yourself and others around you in an emergency situation, responding responsibly requires good common sense. Here are some helpful reminders to keep you on track.
  • Follow the advice of local emergency officials
  • Listen to your radio or television for news and instructions
  • If the disaster occurs near you, check for injuries—yourself and others. Give first aid and get help for anyone seriously injured.
  • If the emergency occurs near your home while you are there, check for damage using a flashlight. Do not light matches or candles or turn on electrical switches. Check for fire, fire hazards and other household hazards.

Additional Information

For more information about territorial emergency measures, contact
Emergency Management Ontario
(416) 212-3468

Winter Power Failures

  • Most of Canadian home heating systems are electric powered so when the power goes out no heat for the homes.
  • This can happen by freezing rain, and high winds.
  • You can install a non electric heater for back up like a wood stove or a gas stove that is certified by the Canadian Standards Association.
  • Keep an emergency survival kit to last you at least three days including non perishable food and water, emergency lights and flashlights, spare batteries, fuel stove and fuel, blankets and warm clothes, battery powered radio and batteries.
  • In the event of a power outage, check to see if your neighbor's power is out as well, if it's not hen check the circuit breakers.
  • Power can be more easily restored if there are fewer loads on the electrical system.
  • A freezer will keep your food frozen for up to 24-36 hours.
  • Home generators can be potentially hazardous if the proper precautions are not taken into consideration.
  • Only run the things that you absolutely need like a fridge or electric heater.
  • Preparing for a storm; turn off the main power switch on the circuit breaker and the water valve

For more information or questions o this topic Email at or Call 1-800-830-3118

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  • Winter travelling by automobile can be serious business. If you do a lot of winter driving in isolated regions, you might consider having Citizen's Band radio.
  • Heed the warnings, Local weather offices of the federal Atmospheric Environment Service issue warning's of winter weather conditions for blizzards, heavy snow etc.
  • Blizzards: are the most perilous of winter storms combining falling, blowing, drifting snow, winds up to 40km/hour, temperatures less than minus 10 degrees Celsius, for durations of six hours or more.
  • Heavy Snow: Ten centimetres or more in 12 hours, or 15cm or more in 24 hours.
  • Freezing rain or drizzle: an ice storm coating roads, trees, overhead wires, etc.
  • Cold Wave: A rapid fall in temperature in a short period, requiring greater than normal protective measures.
  • Winds: The cause of blizzard conditions, drifting, reduced visibility and wind-chill effects.
  • Pre winter check list to ensure you don't get abundant on the road by your car, ignition system, battery, lights, cooling system, fuel system, lubrication, exhaust system, heater, breaks, wipers, defroster, snow tires, chains, antifreeze, winter oil.
  • When you travel, drive with caution, measure your speed to conditions.
  • Don't press on. If the going gets tough, turn back.
  • Make sure you have ample gasoline.
  • Keep your radio tuned to a local station for weather advice.
  • Avoid over-exertion and exposure. Shovelling and bitter cold can kill you.
  • Winter is a time for outdoor FUN.

Do your children know the risks? 

In late fall, frost settles into the ground and the sand under playground equipment becomes hard and makes falls from equipment more dangerous. Neighbourhood playgrounds are recommended for warm weather use only. Teach your children to SLIDE, SKATE, SKI, and SNOWBOARD safely in the snow and to stay away from playground equipment.

Review these general winter safety tips with your children:

  • Pay attention to weather: Wear sunscreen & UV protective sunglasses on sunny days. Wear protective clothing against cold and wind chill.
  • Never throw snow at other people. Snowballs can contain ice chunks and stones.
  • Don't bury anyone in snow, make tunnels, or play in snow banks at the road side. There is a risk of suffocation or the possibility of being swept up by a snowplow.
  • Don't let children eat snow. Even white snow can contain air pollutants, soils, and animal feces.
  • Educate your children about snowmobile laws, legislation and safe play on frozen lakes & rivers.
  • When you're out sliding, skating, skiing or snowboarding this winter, teach and model the following safety behaviors' and rules to your family:
  • Always wear a CSA approved helmet and wrist protection when skating, skiing, and snowboarding.Skiing.jpg
  • Always check that your equipment is in good condition and fits properly.
  • Do warm-up exercises/stretches before each activity.
  • Check for hazards before you slide, ski, skate, or snowboard. Look for rocks, ice patches, trees, roads, and rivers. Always make sure you have plenty of room to stop at the bottom of a hill.
  • Teach the basic skills or seek out a certified instructor if your child is a skiing/snowboarding beginner.
  • Know your child's ability. Stay on trails and hills that are within their ability level.
  • Don't wear scarves. They are a choking/strangulation hazard. Wear a neck warmer instead.
  • Storm Surges

Be Prepared:

Storm surges can happen quickly without any warning, allowing not a lot of time for preparation, Residents, particularly those living in low-lying areas near the coastline, should take precautions and measures to be prepared for storm surges.

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Find out if your home is subject to storm-surge damage. Have you or your neighbours experienced coastal flooding in the past? If so, make sure you carefully investigate your house and land for any potential dangers of flooding or other risks.

Do you know where all your important Documents are?

Make an inventory of property items and personal items. This can be done by making a list of the valuable things you own.

Where will your family be?

Create a family plan in case of emergency and ensure all family members know it. Contact your local municipal or provincial/territorial emergency management organization for more information about how to plan as a family for an emergency. It is important that you also know about the emergency plan for nearby schools, offices, day care and other places where family members work or play. In an emergency, it will be important to know where your family is and to be able to reach them.

Did you grab everything you needed?

Prepare an emergency supply kit. Along with food, water, medications and medical supplies, include a change of clothes (with rainwear), a battery-powered radio and flashlight with extra batteries, personal identification and copies of any important personal and family documents.


Emergency 9-1-1 Facts & Tips

9-1-1 is an emergency reporting phone number provided and operated by communities to contact local Police, Fire and Ambulance.

9-1-1 DO's

  • Listen and follow directions for assistance. Be prepared to provide medical information (medications, illnesses) and describe the person(s): age, height, weight, etc or vehicle: colour, type, last direction of travel.
  • Stay on the line with the communicator?do not hang up.
  • To assist emergency responders, make sure the street address numbers on the outside of your residence are clearly visible from the roadway—day or night. In rural areas, the house number is to be posted at the end of the driveway.

9-1-1 DON'Ts

  • Don't call 9-1-1 for a non-emergency. Instead, call the non-emergency phone number for Police, Fire and Ambulance which is 705-675-9171 or simply dial '0' to speak to your local phone operator.
  • Don't program 9-1-1 into any phone. It causes accidental dialling of 9-1-1, tying up the phone lines and resources.
  • Don't make false 9-1-1 calls. It is unlawful and may result in criminal charges being laid. It could also cause a delay in responding to a real emergency.
  • Don't be afraid to call if you feel at risk or believe a crime is about to occur


Greater Sudbury Basic Emergency Response Plan

Be prepared not scared booklet

Emergency Preparedness Government of Canada

Emergency Preparedness Home Guide