Emergency checklist paper

In the event of a local emergency, are you prepared? Emergencies can happen at any time and your best defense is to be prepared. Create an emergency plan, follow emergency alert systems and keep your family safe.

Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours. If a disaster happens in our community, it may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in desperate need. By taking a few simple steps today, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies.

There are steps you can take to help you and your family prepare for an emergency:

Step 1 – Know the Risks

Find out what Ontario hazards affect our community and how you can protect yourself when disaster strikes.

Step 2 – Make a Plan

  • Create an Emergency Preparedness Action Plan for your household.
  • List the specific steps you need to take to get prepared
  • Provide tips on hazards that might affect your community
  • Include information related to special needs you may have (for example, information for people with disabilities and pet owners)

Step 3 – Prepare a Kit

  • Prepare an Emergency Kit of what you need at home to prepare your family for an evacuation or the first days of an emergency.
  • An emergency survival kit contains all the basic items, including your plan that you will need to remain comfortable for at least three days immediately after or during an emergency. You should ensure you have all your basic supplies with you.
  • Remember to keep your kit in an easy-to-reach location, and that everyone in your family knows where it is stored.
  • Remember to include items that might be required to meet any special needs of the members of your family such as infants, people with special needs and disabilities, seniors and pets. 

Step 4 – Know What to Do

  • When an emergency occurs, stay calm. Stay at home. Listen to local radio stations or television stations for current information and instructions. Use the telephone only if there is an urgent need to. If your safety is at risk, you will be advised of the appropriate action to take.
  • Depending on the nature of the emergency, you may be asked to evacuate, and you will be instructed where to go for emergency shelter. Take your Emergency Kit with you.
  • You may be asked to Shelter in Place so it is a good idea to be familiar with the procedures for sheltering in place.  If you are at home and asked to Shelter in Place, bring your emergency kit in the room with you.
  • During an emergency, information will be provided to you by several sources. Regular updates will be posted on the Municipal website. Typically, local radio and television stations will carry emergency bulletins. In some cases, emergency personnel may broadcast emergency instructions using police vehicles.

Tips on Preparing for Emergencies

Northumberland County Emergency Planning

Government of Canada - Get Prepared

Emergency Management Ontario

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada

Information for People with Disabilities

Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs

Resources on Specific Emergencies

Electrical Safety Tips in Stormy Weather

Lightning Safety 

Handbook for Reducing Basement Flooding

Guidelines - Flooding or Water Damage

Winter Storm Safety

Power Outages - What to Do

Severe Weather Links

Public Weather Warnings for Canada

Ontario's Emergency Public Warning System - Weather Radio

Ontario Ministry of Transportation Information on Road Conditions - Dial 511

Radio Stations

The Breeze 107.9 FM - Cobourg

Go Northumberland 93.3 FM - Cobourg

Country 105.1 FM - Peterborough

The Wolf 101.5 FM - Peterborough

Television Stations


CHEX Peterborough