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Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. The City of St. Catharines is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of its citizens, visitors and businesses by identifying and mitigating risks where possible, educating citizens, and training staff and partners to handle the situation. This could include anything from a severe weather episodes and bomb threats to viruses and chemical releases.

In Ontario, an emergency is defined as:
"A situation or impending situation that constitutes a danger of major proportions that could result in serious harm to persons or substantial damage to property and that is caused by the forces of nature, a disease or other health risk, an accident or an act, whether intentional or otherwise."

-- Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act R.S.O 1990

In the event of a large scale municipal emergency, a team of qualified professionals from the City of St. Catharines and Niagara Region will work together to co-ordinate the emergency response.

Emergency Preparedness Week

Are you and your family ready for anything?

Chemical spills, tornados, power outages, and other disasters can happen anywhere in the city, anytime and without warning. If you're not ready, you could be scrambling for food, water and a warm place to stay.

Fire Chief Dave Wood invites residents to learn more about personal preparedness during Emergency Preparedness Week May 1 to 7.

Learn about Emergency Preparedness at Market Square

Tuesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Discuss the risks for the community, learn about emergency planning and find out what to pack in personal emergency preparedness kit and 'go bags' from the City's fire prevention officers at Market Square


Let us know three items to include in your personal emergency preparedness kit to be entered into a draw for an emergency preparedness prize pack valued at $100.

Click here to enter the contest.

Emergency preparedness for property managers

The City's Fire Prevention Office will join other emergency responders from across the region to discuss emergency preparedness at a workshop for property managers, facility managers, mass assembly managers, security managers, residential superintendents and commercial operations managers.

The City will present on fire safety for apartment buildings. Click here for more information and to register.


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Emergency Preparedness Guide

All residents should be prepared for an emergency lasting up to 72 hours. At a minimum, items in an emergency preparedness kit should include: water, food, prescription medications, first aid supplies, basic tools, flashlights and extra batteries. 

For more information on Emergency Preparedness:

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