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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 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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