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

Keep enough supplies stocked in your home to allow you and your family to survive for at least three days (72 hours).

Update your household emergency kit twice a year when changing your clocks. Your household emergency kit should include:

  • Emergency Preparedness: Your personal guide  - a fill-in-the-blank plan for you and your family
  • Battery-operated or crank radio, and extra batteries to receive the latest news during an emergency. Place batteries in reverse inside to conserve energy while not in use.
  • First Aid kit
  • Bottled water and food
  • Necessary prescriptions
  • Flashlights
  • List of emergency contact numbers (e.g. family, friends, neighbours)
  • Basic tools

For more information on Emergency Preparedness:

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