There are a number of identified risks and hazards in every community that residents should prepare for including:
Often, disasters seem like a remote possibility – they always seem to happen somewhere else. At anytime however, in any community, a natural or human-caused disaster may occur, requiring a large scale, coordinated response. Depending on the nature and scale of the event, the Head of Council of the affected municipality (or the Premier of Ontario) may declare an emergency in order to oversee and co-ordinate the response and recovery.
The group that coordinates the municipal response and recovery is called the Community Control Group (CCG) and often includes the Head of Council, Administrator, and representatives from police, fire, public health, social services, public works and emergency medical services.
This group meets at a pre-established Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), located away from the actual disaster site. At the disaster site, an "Incident Commander” is in charge of coordinating resources and developing actions to resolve the emergency situation. The Incident Commander is usually the ranking police or fire official on the scene (depending on the nature of the emergency). In addition to its coordinating role, the Community Control Group also supports the on-scene responders by obtaining any personnel, resources or equipment as requested by the Incident Commander.
You can also play a part during an emergency by preparing for your own safety and that of your family. Learn about the potential risks and hazards in your community and make sure everyone in your family knows what to do before, during and after disaster strikes. Also, prepare to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours during an emergency. In doing so, you can help your community by helping yourself. By preparing for emergencies before they happen, you’ll be better able to respond – if the unexpected happens.
Here are some important tips to keep in mind:
During an emergency, tune to a local radio station to obtain information and instructions from emergency officials. Do as they advise and stay away from the disaster scene. Be prepared to relocate if you are advised to do so and follow all instructions carefully.
The main local radio stations serving Lambton County are:
- 1070 AM CHOK / 103.9 FM CHOK
- 99.9 FOX FM
- K106.3 FM
During an emergency, do not use your telephone (land line or cellular) unless absolutely necessary. Telephone usage often increases during a disaster and all available telephone lines may be required for emergency purposes. Unnecessary use of telephones may overload the system and cause it to “crash”.
NEVER USE 9-1-1 TO OBTAIN INFORMATION. 9-1-1 SHOULD ONLY BE USED TO REPORT INFORMATION OR TO REQUEST ASSISTANCE FROM POLICE, FIRE OR AMBULANCE. IT IS CRUCIAL THAT 9-1-1 LINES NEVER BE TIED UP BY NON-EMERGENCY CALLS!
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Home Emergency Preparedness Guide
This Guide was created by the County of Lambton in collaboration with Community Awareness / Emergency Response (CAER), local municipalities, local industry and other organizations and agencies. Please open the .pdf file below to see a copy of the Guide, or call 519-845-0801 or 1-866-324-6912 to request a copy.
Home Preparedness Guide
Please open the PDF files below to learn more about how you can prepare for an emergency.
The following site provides information to help you deal with emergencies and natural disasters affecting your home and property. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Emergency Management Ontario
Emergency Management Ontario (EMO) is responsible for the development and implementation of emergency management programs throughout Ontario. Comprehensive programs include strategies for mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.