At Selwyn Township, we'll connect you with resources to help you and your family better prepare for possible disasters. Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.  Some risks are natural disasters and natural hazards, including flooding, storms and wildfires, ice storms, and hydro outages.

Always expect the unexpected and plan for it...

Emergency Preparedness Week 2024

Council has declared May 5 - 11, 2024 to be Emergency Preparedness Week in the Township of Selwyn.

The 29th Annual Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week is May 5 to 11, 2024. EP Week is a Canada wide joint Federal-Provincial-Territorial initiative to increase awareness about individual and family preparedness, emphasizing how the public can reduce the risks and consequences of an emergency by being better prepared.

The provincial theme for this year is “Plan for every season” and the federal theme for this year is “Be Prepared. Know Your Risks”.

Image: A Safe Practices and Prepared Ontario

Know the Risks
In Ontario, we can face a number of natural hazards. Risks may include flooding, severe storms, forest fires, ice storms and pandemics. Be prepared and know what to do in advance. This could save your life and those of your loved ones.
Make a Plan

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.

Get a Kit

In an emergency, you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 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
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.

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.

Emergency Services Map

Emergency Alerts

Get access to the latest news and alerts about emergencies in Canada. Alert Ready delivers critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television, radio and LTE-connected and compatible wireless devices.

Flood Ready

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters in Canada. Take steps to protect your property.

Flood Information page

Selwyn Township Emergency Plan

View the Selwyn Township Municipal Emergency Plan to find out how the Municipality will respond during 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.

All Ontario Municipalities must have an Emergency Management Program, according to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. These programs include:

  • Emergency plans
  • Training programs
  • Training exercises
  • Public education

Emergency Management Team

Selwyn Township also 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.

National Resources

Check out the following resources to help you build an emergency plan and respond to an emergency:

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