Be prepared. Know your risks.

Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face.

Emergency Preparedness Week (May 5-11, 2024) encourages Canadians to take concrete actions to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies.

By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere. It is important to:

  • Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare.
  • Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do
  • Get an emergency kit – During an emergency, we will all need some basic supplies. We may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.

Read on for resources to help you and your loved ones be better prepared, and take the EP Week quiz for your chance to win an Emergency Preparedness Kit!

Congrats to the Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the following individuals for winning the EP Week Contest;

  1. Zach Brule
  2. Sherry Crummy
  3. Jen Kas
  4. Sharon Sweeney
  5. Andrew Tysick

Winners will be receiving an Emergency Preparedness Kit, courtesy of Perth Fire Services and the Climate Change Advisory Panel.


Emergencies can occur suddenly and without any advance warning. Across Canada, we face a number of hazards which vary from region to region. Learn more about what to do in specific emergencies;

Every household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and everyone in your household know what to do in case of an emergency. Putting together a plan will only take about 20 minutes.

You should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours, including getting by without power or tap water. Check out the links below for what to include in your kit. Alternatively you can buy an emergency kit or a car kit online and in various stores across Canada.

Be sure to add items to your kit such as:

  • Additional emergency supplies
  • A copy of your emergency plan
  • Photocopies of personal documents
  • A household emergency contact list

Do you know who to call in an emergency? Depending on the situation, 9-1-1 isn’t always the answer.

Print out our Emergency Contact List