Emergency Preparedness Week

The City of Brantford joins communities across Canada to recognize May 1 to 7, 2022 as Emergency Preparedness Week, encouraging residents to take concrete actions that will better prepare themselves and their families during emergencies. By taking a few simple steps, everyone can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies such as floods, tornadoes, hazardous spills incidents and more. It is important to:

  • Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do.
  • Get an emergency kit – During an emergency, everyone needs some basic supplies. Residents may need to get by without access to power, food or water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.
  • Stay informed - sign up to receive alerts such as flood warnings from your local conservation authority and incoming extreme weather from various weather apps.

Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better, both during and after a major disaster. Take a big step for your safety and get an emergency kit now. It can make a world of difference.

Emergency Preparedness Week Contest (May 1 to 7, 2022)

You could win your very own 72-hour emergency go-bag valued at over $150 from the Brantford Fire Department. Send us a picture of how you have prepared to shelter-in-place in the event of a hazardous material release.  This kind of sheltering-in-place will require the following actions to help avoid exposure:

  • Bring in pets where immediately able to do so.
  • Close all windows and exterior doors.
  • Shut down your furnace, air conditioners, exhaust fans and vents.
  • Close fireplace dampers.
  • Grab your emergency kit including essential items such as money, radio, cell phone with its charger, non-perishable and special foods, baby and pet supplies, valuable documents as well as medicine and medical assistive devices.
  • Shelter-in-place in the most central interior room.  Do not use the basement.
  • Seal any doors, windows, vents with tape, plastic sheeting or other available impermeable material. Wet towels placed at the base of doors may be used if you cannot seal them with impermeable material.
  • Listen to instructions from local authorities and emergency services via radio, television, websites (www.brantford.ca) and/or social media from credible sources.

Need some examples to help you out? Get creative with your photos!

  • You and your family camped out in the living room with your emergency kit
  • Sealing doors, windows and vents with impervious material (e.g. plastic sheeting, tape)
  • Your kids’ preparations
  • Pet preparedness – what will you need for your pet

Starting Monday, May 2 at 8:30 a.m.  until Saturday, May 7 at 11:59 p.m., City of Brantford residents can submit photos to win a 72-hour emergency go-bag to the Emergency Preparedness Photo Contest 2022 on Let's Talk Brantford. The winner will randomly be selected and notified the week of May 9 to 13.

Enter the Emergency Preparedness Photo Contest