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Emergency Preparedness in Ontario

Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere and can threaten us all in many different ways.Emergencies can make us feel vulnerable. They can impact our health and safety or overwhelm the economy, infrastructure and health care system. Emergencies can also have a devastating impact on us personally.

 

Being prepared and planning ahead is critical to protecting our health and safety, as well as ensuring our ability to respond during an emergency incident. You will find many resources and links to various government agencies and community organizations.

 

Quick Facts about Emergencies in Canada

 

Here are some brief facts about emergencies in Canada:

 

1.       Roughly 5,000 earthquakes are recorded in Canada every year.

2.       Canada gets more tornadoes than any other country except the U.S., averaging about 50 tornadoes per year.

3.       Approximately 85% of Canadians agree that having an emergency kit is important in ensuring their and their family's safety, yet only four in ten have prepared or bought an emergency kit.

4.       85% of Canadians agree that having an emergency plan is important in ensuring their and their family's safety, yet on only 40% have prepared one. Complete yours online at www.GetPrepared.ca.

5.       Using non-voice communication technology like text messaging, email, or social media instead of telephones takes up less bandwidth and helps reduce network congestion after an emergency .[1]

 



[1] Courtesy of the Government of Canada


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