DON’T WAIT FOR AN
EMERGENCY TO HAPPEN!
Be Prepared! Not
to take care of yourself and others in your household for a minimum of 72
hours. If a disaster happens in the community it may take emergency workers
some time to get to you as they help those in desperate need first.
Know The Risks…Know
Your Region; Make an Emergency Plan – YOUR FAMILY MAY NOT BE TOGETHER WHEN
DISASTER OCCURS. Plan how to meet or contact one another and
discuss what you would do in different situations; and Prepare a Kit
– AN EMERGENCY KIT helps ensure you are ready to cope on your own for at
least the first 72 HOURS of an emergency. Protect yourself and your
It’s up to YOU!
Are you prepared? EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS GUIDES are available from the
Sandycove Acres Emergency Preparedness Committee (Sharon Raycraft
firstname.lastname@example.org), at the Home Fair and at the
Health Fair; other helpful emergency preparedness information is available
on the Emergency Management Ontario website,
During Emergency Preparedness Week, May 6 to 12,
2012, we recommend all households practise their emergency plan. We
encourage everyone to regularly check the Emergency Management Ontario
www.ontario.ca/emo, and to participate in their
challenges/activities during Emergency Preparedness Week.
Evacuation & Shelter-in-Place
An evacuation may be ordered when there is a significant threat to a
specific area. Other times, it may be safer to remain inside
(shelter-in-place). These orders are typically broadcast through the local
– Evacuate only when ordered by emergency officials and if safety permits,
take your pets and take your emergency survival kit to the designated
– Close and lock all windows and exterior doors and turn off all fans,
heating and air-conditioning systems to avoid drawing air in from the
If you will require extra assistance
during an emergency please complete and return our Questionnaire
if you have not already done so. These are available from your
Emergency Preparedness Committee (see above) and are included periodically
in the Sandycove Acres Newsletter.
EMERGENCY SURVIVAL KIT ITEMS:
Flashlight and batteries
Food and Water
Radio and batteries or crank radio
Clothing and Footwear
Blankets or Sleeping bags
Toilet paper & other personal items
Candles and matches/lighter
Extra car keys and cash
Whistle (to attract attention if necessary)
Important papers (identification)
PETS AND EMERGENCIES
Pets are members of the family. Make sure to include
your pets when developing your family emergency plan. Making arrangements
before an emergency will increase your pet’s chances for survival and
ability to cope. Assemble a pet emergency survival kit and be ready to take
your pet and their kit with you in the event you have to evacuate. Emergency
kit supplies vary for different kinds of animals. Please contact your
veterinarian or visit
www.ontariospca.ca if you have any questions.
Please note that pets are usually housed in a different area (from people)
in evacuation centres due to allergies, etc.
PET EMERGENCY SURVIVAL KIT
(recommended items for dogs and cats)
Food, water, bowls, manual can opener and
Up-to-date ID tag
Current photo of you and your pet
Emergency contact list of pet friendly hotels/motels outside your area,
friends, relatives and your veterinarian
Copies of medical records/vaccinations
Information on feeding schedule, medical and/or behavioural problems
Medications and first aid kit
Familiar bedding, small toy and brush
Leash, collar or harness and muzzle (dogs)
Litter/pan and scooper (cats) or poop n- scoop bags (dogs)
Carrier large enough to transport and house your pet
BASIC EMERGENCY CAR KIT ITEMS: ITEMS TO
KEEP INSIDE YOUR TRUNK:
Food – that won’t spoil such as energy
Sand, salt or cat litter (non-clumping)
Water – in plastic bottles
Antifreeze/windshield washer fluid
Extra clothing and shoes
First aid kit – with seatbelt cutter
Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
Warning light or road flares
Candle – in a deep can and matches
Whistle – in case you need to attract attention
Copy of your emergency plan and personal documents
Safety Tip: Learn about first aid. You could save a life.
CPR and Defibrillator training sessions are provided to Sandycove Acres
residents free of charge. Check the Newsletter and Channel 18 for
announcements regarding these training sessions.
For more info click here.
Tornadoes can develop very rapidly, they are rotating columns of high winds
and sometimes they move quickly and leave a long, wide path of destruction
and at other times the tornado is small, touching down here and there. It is
vital that people know what to do in a weather emergency to reduce the risk
of personal safety and property.
Warning Signs of a Potential Tornado include:
Severe thunderstorms, with frequent
thunder and lightning
An extremely dark sky, sometimes highlighted by green or yellow clouds
A rumbling sound or a whistling sound
A funnel cloud at the rear base of a thundercloud, often behind a curtain of
heavy rain or hail.
Canada’s Tornado Warning System
Environment Canada is responsible for warning the public when conditions
exist that may produce tornadoes. It does this through radio, television,
newspapers, its internet site, as well as through its weather phone lines.
It is recommended for the public to listen to their radio during severe
thunderstorms and if you hear that a tornado warning has been issued for
your area, find shelter and follow the safety tips below.
What to do During a Tornado in Sandycove Acres
If you are in a house take shelter in a
small interior ground floor such as a bathroom (if possible sit in the
bathtub and place a mattress over top of you), closet, hallway or
stairwell. Stay away from windows, outside walls and doors.
If away from your home avoid cars and find shelter elsewhere, preferably
in a building with a strong foundation (such as our Recreation Halls).
If no shelter is available, lie flat in a ditch, ravine or other
depressed area, protect your head with your arms, away from the car;
however, beware of flying debris, flooding from downpours and be
prepared to move.
If you are driving and spot a tornado in the distance go to the nearest
solid shelter and if the tornado is close, get out of your car and take
cover in a low-lying area, such as a ditch.
In all cases get as close to the ground as possible, protect your head
and watch for flying debris. Do not chase tornadoes they are
unpredictable and can change course abruptly. A tornado is deceptive. It
may appear to be standing still but is, in fact, moving toward you.
Wait for 30 minutes after the storm before returning to an open area.
For more information on safety during severe weather
conditions please visit the Environment Canada’s website at
www.getprepared.gc.ca. FOR CURRENT WARNINGS,
WATCHES AND SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENTS ISSUED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA REFER TO
Visit the weather network on your television or their
www.theweathernetwork.ca to hear any warnings and
watches issued by Environment Canada.