Emergency Preparedness

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Annually there is an Emergency Preparedness Week as designated by the Provincial Government.   Lately the Emergency Preparedness Committee of Sandycove has had an Emergency Preparedness Day to celebrate and to inform the residents of the various and many community services that are there to assist in the time of an Emergency.   To see some information about those that have been held please click on these links.

Emergency Preparedness Day - 2017 - (click here for the report) (NEW)

Emergency Preparedness Day - 2015

Emergency Preparedness Day - 2014

Emergency Preparedness SEMINAR - 2014

Emergency Preparedness Day - 2013

Emergency Preparedness Day - 2012

Emergency Preparedness Day - 2017On Saturday, May 6th, 2017 there was a well attended event at the Wheel with a number of first responders attending.   Great information was available.   For more information and a complete report just click here

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DAY - On Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 an Emergency Preparedness Symposium was held at the Wheel.  Guest exhibitors included Service Canada, Red Cross, ARES (ham radio operators), County of Simcoe Emergency Management Team, Town of Innisfil Fire Department and South Simcoe Police Services.  The “Team” had displays about 72-hour preparedness for people, pets and vehicles, fire extinguishers, Vials of Life and Medical/mobility questionnaires.   As well as the Mayor (Gord Wauchope), Deputy Mayor (Lynn Dollin) and Councillor (Carolyn Payne) we had visitors from Wasaga Beach, Tottenham and Barrie.  The Red Cross brought along one of the trailers that they use when assisting in an emergency situation.  A new resident in Sandycove Acres, ‘Ruth’ told us she couldn’t believe the amount of information, geared to seniors, that was available at the Symposium. 

 VIAL OF LIFE – your Committee has now put together and distributed over 1,000 Vials of Life which are available to all Sandycove Acres residents.  They are provided, free of charge, thanks to a partnership with the Sandycove Drug Store (Larry Ho) and your Emergency Preparedness Committee.    Open to everyone.

Emergency Preparedness Day in Sandycove Acres was held Wednesday, May 7th 2014 by the Sandycove Acres Emergency Preparedness Committee.  This was also celebrating Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada which ran May 4th - 11th and was the third annual Emergency Preparedness Day in Sandycove. 

Guest exhibitors included;

The Committee also presented information on;

Also, over 100 Vials of Life were handed out to Sandycove Acres residents, compliments of Sandycove Drug Store and the EP Committee. 


Emergency Preparedness Committee hosted an information session Wednesday, January 29th 2014 at the WHEEL.   Sandycove residents were be able to get answers from the Committee as well as from First Responders in attendance.   The Innisfil Fire Department, South Simcoe Police Services and Simcoe County provided information and handouts to approximately 175 attendees.  Residents started coming through the doors early and the First Responders and the EP Committee Members barely had time to set up their displays.  The topics presented by the Committee were 72 hour emergency kits, emergency kits for pets, emergency kits for cars, Vials of Life, CPR/AED training and Medical/Mobility Questionnaires and carbon monoxide detectors.



was held Friday, May 10th, 2013 with displays on

Centre Street (between the HUB & the Wheel) and in the HUB

read the following report for an overview of the Day's events.

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The rain came, but so did the First Responders and the residents of Sandycove Acres.  The Barrie Amateur Radio Club (ham radio operators) arrived with their trailer in tow and put up their antennae – those who braved the rain found what they did very interesting and – so we’re told – a Sandycover may be joining their ranks as an operator here in SCA.  The Innisfil Fire Department’s  Mike Symes brought along their ‘smoke’ trailer – showing the residents what it feels like to be caught inside a burning building.  The Fire Department also brought a ladder truck for a couple of hours and the Fire Chief, Randy Smith, spent a lot of time inside the Hub speaking with the residents.  The County of Simcoe representative, Rob Heffernan, provided the residents with some up-to-date information on emergency planning and the Red Cross representatives, Peter McGuiness andRev. Courtney, answered questions about emergency evacuation.  Something new this year was the information regarding the evacuation and care of pets.  Also, Peter had brought the newly constructed and outfitter trailer full of cots, blankets and supplies for up to 50 people to be used in the event of an evacuation.

We won’t forget our favourite ‘Community Constables’ – Karen and Elisabeth – who brought their knowledge and sense of humour to the event.  St. John’s Ambulance brought their new vehicle (which sadly we couldn’t check out too much because of the weather) but the equipment and supplies they had on display together with their 4 representatives impressed the residents.  New this year was the County of Simcoe Paramedics – their ambulance stayed out in the rain but the 2 paramedics gladly shared their knowledge and gave us a look at what they do to help us.    Also new this year was Arne Larsen of Access Medical Response which is a service to alert emergency services and/or loved ones and/or neighbours when there is an emergency (usually health related) in the home. 

The ladies from Sandycove’s Helping Hands looked after the Café in the Hub – coffee, tea, water, juice, muffins, cookies and sandwiches – provided free to the exhibitors and residents.  Donations were collected at the Café and the sum of $188.75 has been given to the Innisfil Food Bank.

The Sandycove Emergency Preparedness Committee's table in the HUB was busy with inquiries and the lucky draw.  A number of prizes were donated by the exhibitors and were won by residents.

Following are some photos (click on the picture for a larger image) of the exhibitor and participants - our special thanks to those that made this a successful show (except the rain)

Emergency Preparedness Day in Sandycove Acres

May 11th, 2012

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On a sunny and slightly windy day in May the Emergency Preparedness Committee hosted Emergency Preparedness Day in Sandycove Acres with “First Responders” setting up exhibits inside the Hub and on Centre Road. 

The Innisfil Fire Department brought their ‘search and rescue’ training trailer and Fireman Mike showed our residents how frightening it can be in a smoke-filled room and also gave demonstrations on how to properly use a fire extinguisher – and he had some of the residents actually put out a fire.  The ‘on duty’ crew also brought the new ladder truck in the afternoon. 

The South Simcoe Police Services brought their Mobile Command Centre to tour and Constables Elizabeth and Brad were there to answer questions. 

The St. John’s Ambulance team brought their emergency vehicle and showed us their up-to-date equipment and answered residents’ questions about first aid. 

The Red Cross provided a lot of information by way of pamphlets and booklets and had 3 members to speak with the residents.

The Barrie Amateur Radio Club had exhibits both inside the Hub and outside and showed how ‘ham radios’ are used when all other types of communication are not available. 

The County of Simcoe Emergency Management Team was there to promote the Vial of Life and also to provide information on the County’s role in emergency situations. 

The Sandycove Acres’ Emergency Preparedness Committee had a display of a “72-hour Emergency Kit”, a number of publications regarding Emergency Preparedness and, at the end of the day, handed out the many draw prizes that had been donated by local businesses, some of the First Responders and members of the Committee.

The “Café” which was looked after by the ladies of “Helping Hands” provided muffins, doughnuts and coffee as well as sandwiches and water.  Donations received at the “Café” were donated to the Innisfil Food Bank which is run through the Innisfil Community Church. 

The residents who attended went away better informed about the organizations who will look after us in the event of any type of emergency situation in Sandycove Acres.    Thank you those of you that attended this display of the vitally important First Responder service teams.

What a fantastic effort put on by the Sandycove EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE on FRIDAY MAY 11th Sharon Raycraft and her team are to be congratulated - this was truly an important community event and all the participants commented on how they appreciated the chance to speak to and meet residents of Sandycove.  Unfortunately there weren't many residents that showed up, only about 200.  Lots of cars passed the location between the HUB and WHEEL but only a few dropped in.  These events are put on for the residents so you can be better prepared in the event of an emergency.

A special thanks to the Innisfil Fire Department for their great display (click on picture for a larger image or click here for more pictures), South Simcoe Police Command unit and Community events officers, St Johns Ambulance, Red Cross Emergency Planning group, Simcoe County 911 service,  Barrie Radio Club and a special thanks to the Helping Hands Sandycove group that provided refreshments and sandwiches.  A REALLY GREAT DAY......,


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