Emergency Planning & Preparedness

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The Township of  Tyendinaga is committed to providing emergency services to everyone in the community. Below is information you can use to prepare your family in the event of an emergency.

Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. By preparing for emergencies, individuals and communities can reduce the impact emergencies have on lives and property. To help your family prepare for an emergency, visit Get Prepared Canada website to learn about creating an emergency plan and survival kits.

Whether it’s a fire or an emergency, it’s important to have a safety plan in place to ensure your family can evacuate the house safely.

  • Pull everyone together in your household and make your plan together
  • Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes
  • Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. For easy planning, use the National Fire Protection Association escape planning grid

For more information, view the Nation Fire Protection Association safety tip sheet.

The Township of Tyendinaga has established an Emergency Response Plan.  The plan outlines actions and coordination of services, agencies and personnel to provide the earliest possible response to an emergency.

The plan is tested and updated annually through a community exercise.

The fire department is a volunteer organization that provides emergency services within Township boundaries and mutual aid of neighbouring municipalities.

The fire department is responsible for fire response, fire safety & prevention, and recruitment.

Children in particular can feel the stress of emergencies deeply and may react in different ways. The key to helping your children cope is simply by being there and making them feel safe.

Learn how to help kids prepare for emergencies.

It is important to prepare for your pet in the event of an emergency.

While disasters and emergencies affect everyone, their impact on people with disabilities/special needs is often compounded by factors such as reliance on electrical power, elevators, accessible transportation and accessible communication – all of which can be compromised in emergency situations.

Please review the Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs.

You may be instructed to “shelter-in-place” if chemical, biological or radiological contaminants are released into the environment. This means you must remain inside your home or office and protect yourself there. The following steps will help maximize your protection:

  • Close and lock all windows and exterior doors
  • Turn off all fans, heating and air-conditioning systems to avoid drawing in air from the outside
  • Close the fireplace damper
  • Get your emergency kit and make sure the radio is working
  • Go to an interior room that’s above ground level (if possible one without windows)
  • Using duct or other wide tape, seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room
  • Continue to monitor your radio or television until you are told all is safe or are advised to evacuate

Everyone from the Warden and Council to each individual resident has a role in emergency preparedness planning. Follow these links to learn how your community is prepared, and how you and your family can prepare for a disaster or an emergency.

You can also follow us on Twitter for public education information and updates during emergencies or large events.

To learn more about Emergency Management in Hastings County, check out our Emergency Preparedness Guide Booklet and the Hastings County Emergency Plan. Also, check out our new Emergency Preparedness Centre, with links to various information sources, public education material, as well as the Hastings County map that will show information for any active emergencies in the county

Contact Us

James Oliver
~ Fire Chief
440 Weese Road, RR #1, Shannonville, ON K0K 3AO