Emergency Preparation

Emergency Preparedness Week will take place from May 5 to 11. And this year's exercise will be on May 7, 8 and 9, and focus on being prepared for an extreme heatwave. Materials from the provincial government will be published in due course and will then be uploaded here for your reading. 


It is of extreme importance to be prepared for all emergencies, at least to some degree. And this is the government's effort to prepare residents of Gordon/Barrie Island for this eventuality. By taking simple, easy steps one can survive a heatwave relatively painlessly in contrast to not being prepared.


Be Prepared

Emergency Response Plan

All municipal governments in Ontario are legally required to have an up-to-date Emergency Response Plan. This plan outlines steps and procedures and emergency protocols in the event of a crisis. Find out what the protocols are by dropping by and requesting to read the Gordon/Barrie Island Emergency Response Plan at the Municipal Office on Noble Sideroad. 

Personal Emergency Kit

Please take the time to put together an emergency kit for yourself and your loved ones just in case there is an emergency. This kit can include the basics that might make a big difference if things turn sour. Best to be prepared.

Take Action to Prepare

Measures such as stocking up on fuel and canned goods can make a difference during these dangerous and unpredictable times. If you have a dug well, buy a hand pump. Little things can make a big difference. Be wise. Think of what you might need to endure another lockdown.

Winter is Here

Extreme cold can bring extreme weather events such as ice storms and power outages. Please be aware of the things you can do to protect yourself from being caught out. Please click the link below to read the suggestions from the provincial government during the winter season. 

There are several links that can help anyone prepare themselves for a wide array of possible emergencies. The government has put together several pages that will be helpful for anyone trying to prepare from emergencies ranging from wildland fires to flooding to extreme weather events. Here are some links to check out:

Within these pages of these links lies a treasure of information relating to emergency preparedness for all. We encourage you to peruse these links and bookmark and cut-and-paste info that you want to reference. It pays to be prepared because there will be another emergency coming.

More from the government


The provincial government website has quite a bit of pertinent information available for those wanting to know what they can do to protect themselves from an emergency situation. This page has a comprehensive overview that could be helpful to our Gordon/Barrie Island residents: Be prepared for an emergency | ontario.ca


For tips on winter preparation and mitigation, this link will take you to a page specifically aimed at those who want to protect themselves against extreme weather events during the cold season: Winter storms | ontario.ca


To read the provincial government's emergency response plan, click here: Provincial Emergency Response Plan | Ontario.ca


Winter Readiness Document
This is an overview of how to prepare for winter, published by the provincial government.
Winter Readiness posts_Campaign (EN+FR).
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Emergency Preparedness for Seniors
The government has published this guide for seniors
Seniors Emerg Prep 301304.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 8.0 MB
Preparations for a Flu Pandemic
Published by the provincial government, this is the guide of how to survive a flu pandemic.
Plan for Flu Pandemic.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 299.7 KB
Personal Emergency Kit
Released by the Ontario government, this is a guide to what is needed in the event of an emergency.
emergency-kit-list (1)02.pdf
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Pet Safety during an Emergency
What do you do with your pets during an emergency? This two-page government publication outlines steps to take.
Pet Safety for EMO 301307.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 2.6 MB

For those in need of information on a wide range of things, please call 211. You can speak to a human being who is always ready to pick up the telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long. Whether during an emergency or just wondering where to go when looking for resources in Ontario, this is the telephone number to call. Or visit the website at: www.211ontario.ca Or you can download and read the pdf below to learn all about 211. There is also a live chat service on the website.



Dial 2-1-1 
Toll-Free: 1-877-330-3213
TTY: 855-405-7446

Our helpline is answered by real people 24/7. Service is available in 150+ languages.

A ten-page overview of what 211 has to offer
If you have a question for the government about their services, this is a 24-hour service that will help you find what it is you are looking for.
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.1 MB

Be Prepared for the Next Emergency