During an Emergency


During an emergency, you and your family might be asked to evacuate - to leave your home and neighbourhood to travel to a different location.

How will I know if I should evacuate?

Instructions to evacuate will be provided through:

  • Local radio, television, or the Internet.
  • Emergency Services (door-to-door or loud speakers).

What should I do/take/bring if I'm told to evacuate?

  • Take your 72-hour Personal / Family Emergency Kit and your Pet Emergency Kit with you.
  • Follow the instructions provided by Peel Region, your local government, and first responders. If you're told to evacuate, do so quickly. Travel only on the routes specified: a shortcut could take you to a blocked or dangerous area.
  • Watch / listen to local media for emergency instructions and current information.
  • If instructed, shut off water, gas, and electricity (if you know how).
  • An emergency reception centre / evacuation shelter might be set up to provide shelter and food to those affected.
    • Register with the reception centre / evacuation shelter so you can be contacted and reunited with your family.
    • If you decide to go somewhere else, tell staff where you're going before you leave.

Revised: Friday February 28 2020

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