Emergency Planning - Be Prepared

Note:  This information is being presented in order to inform the public about what to do in cases of emergency that would affect the general public and the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie.  Eg. flooding, severe power outage, ice storms, etc.
Self-help advice brochures are available at the municipal office, libraries in Paisley, Chesley, and Tara, and at the Chamber office in Chesley.  An electronic version of these brochures is available via www.psepc.gc.ca.  Choose your language preference then follow the link for How to Prepare for Emergencies.
Additional information can be found at the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services website. 
For more information, please contact David Smith, Community Emergency Management Coordinator, 363-3039.

Be Prepared – Not Scared!

Emergencies are always unexpected and frequently catch us unprepared!  Snow, ice storms, power failures, floods, water contamination, etc. can cause emergencies.

In an emergency situation, some of the utilities that we take for granted can be affected - water, heat, electricity and telephone service may be interrupted.
ALWAYS be prepared for the unexpected by planning NOW.
Thinking Ahead:
Know your Fire Number:  ________________________
Where would you go if you had no heat or water?
How would you get there?
Who needs to know about your arrangements?
How would you make sure that you had enough money?
Where would you meet or communicate if family members were outside of the home when the emergency occurred?

Planning Ahead:
Always have on hand a 7-day supply of ready-to-eat food which does not require refrigeration or heating eg. biscuits, cheese, canned fish, juice boxes and milk, peanut butter, etc.
Know where to find your hand can-opener.
Have bottles of water on hand.  You need 4 litres of drinking water per person per day.
Full tank of gas in the car.
Locate all shut-off switches, valves.  Flag these with bright tape or tags.  Remember!  Only a qualified person should re-light gas appliances.

Medications and Medical Supplies:
Have enough medication to last 7 days if routine/prescribed medication is required.
Keep medications, supplies, and personal identification readily available so you can take them with you if you need to leave your home unexpectedly.
Prepare a first aid kit for use in a medical emergency.

Decide now what you would do for your pet(s) just in case you had to leave your house.
Never leave pets out in severe weather conditions, especially due to frostbite.
Always have an extra week's supply of food available over the winter months.

Equipment:  Always know where to easily find these items in your home:
Flashlight and batteries Spare batteries (check expiry dates)
Battery-operated radio Candles and waterproof matches
Sleeping bag or blankets for each person  

Emergency Contact:
Who should be contacted if you need help?
Nearest Hospital: Phone:

Be Aware of:
Your local municipal emergency plan
Your family's emergency plan
Your neighbour's plan

Storm Houses
Have specific safe houses or places to be used in emergency situations.

Other sources of information for planning ahead:
Bruce-Grey Health Unit 376-9420 1-800-265-3456
Canadian Red Cross Society 376-7579