Selwyn Township has an emergency control group, consisting of key municipal staff, who receive regular training and conduct simulated emergencies to ensure preparedness in the event of a wide spread emergency.

This control group is in place in the event of a wide spread situation to coordinate the Township's resources and ability to respond to an emergency.

The approved Selwyn Township Municipal Emergency Plan identifies community support systems and resources that are available to handle an emergency.

The Township works with a variety of other stakeholders. including the County and City of Peterborough and Provincial Ministries, to keep its plan up-to-date and relevant.

Always expect the unexpected and plan for it...

Be Prepared for an Emergency

Does your family have an emergency plan? Does your plan consider elderly relatives or neighbours that might need help during and emergency? What about pets?

If your family does not have a plan, or if it has not been updated recently, make or review your Emergency Plan by visiting the Ontario Government website.

72 Hour Kit

If a disaster occurs in your community, you should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. Items that should be in your 72 hour kit include:

  • Water - at least two litres of water per person per day. Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order
  • Food that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year)
  • Manual can-opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Candles and matches or lighter (remember to place candles in sturdy containers and to put them out before going to sleep)
  • Battery-powered or wind-up radio (and extra batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula and pet supplies
  • Equipment for people with disabilities
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Some cash in smaller bills
  • Blankets

Are you, a neighbour, or a loved one taking any medications that emergency responders should know about? Keeping a current list of medications in an empty pill container in your fridge door could help ensure you receive faster treatment.

If there is more than one person in your household taking medication, make sure that you identify each of them on the list.

Talk to your friends and family; you can help make a difference when emergency responders come to our aid. 

Don't Forget Your Pet

Similar to the family 72 hour emergency preparedness kit, pet owners need to plan for their pets in the event of an evacuation or emergency. Brochures on emergency preparedness for pets were distributed throughout the County during the Health Unit's annual rabies clinics as well as part of the annual dog licensing program.

For more information, visit the Ontario Government's website.

Alert Ready in Ontario

Alert Ready is designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television and radio. The Alert Ready system is developed in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, Environment and Climate Change Canada, The Weather Network and the broadcasting industry and wireless service providers, to ensure you receive alerts immediately and know when to take action to keep yourself and your family safe.

In addition to TV and Radio, Alert Ready will be sending life-threatening emergency alerts to cellphones and wireless devices that are compatible with Wireless Public Alerting (WPA). In order for emergency alerts to be received on a wireless device, three conditions must be met. The wireless device must be:

  1. An LTE-device like a smartphone (LTE is commonly referred to as “4G LTE”)
  2. Wireless public alerting (WPA)-compatible
  3. Connected to an LTE cellular network at the time the emergency alert is issued.

Please visit Alert Ready for more information and to check your phone's compatibility.

In Case of Emergency (ICE) Contacts

If you were seriously injured, what if there was a way you could help emergency personnel contact your family? The majority of people now carry a cell phone, but would someone who picked it up be able to determine who your emergency contact was?

The ICE concept is simple - save your emergency contact person's name with the letters ICE preceding it. For more than one contact, add a number. For example: ICE-1 John Doe, ICE-2 Jane Doe.

If emergency services personnel were able to use your phone, they would search ICE in your contacts and know who to call.

Talk to your friends and family; together we can help to ensure that our emergency services personnel can quickly get in touch with your emergency contact.

Emergency Volunteer Registry
The Emergency Volunteer Registry is a special project of United Way Peterborough & District in partnership with City and County of Peterborough, Peterborough County-City Health Unit, Peterborough Regional Health Centre and the local non-profit sector. The Registry is designed to facilitate the intake and distribution of volunteers in the event of a pandemic or localized emergency.
Peterborough County Emergency Preparedness Information

Prevention and preparedness are key goals for Emergency Management teams across Ontario. This enables staff to have a plan in place well in advance of any type of disaster or general multi-level emergency.

Emergency Management Ontario has guidelines and processes in place to assist Municipalities with pre-planning and proper steps to follow when the unthinkable does happen. Pre-planning is key to ensuring response and recovery strategies to maximize safety and security of Ontario and its residents.

The County of Peterborough Emergency Plan ensures the co-ordination of municipal, private and volunteer services in order to assist in organizing effective response and support to emergency situation. Their plan also allows for coordinated emergency support to municipalities in the event of an emergency.

Check out this handy Emergency Services Map!


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