Be Prepared!  Do you have the resources to survive if something unexpected happens?

Alert ready

As of April 2018, in addition to television and radio announcements, Alert Ready can now send emergency alerts to your cell phone and other wireless devices. This nationwide system warns you about emergencies in your area so you can take action. Check out Alert Ready to see if your mobile device is compatible.

Know the risks

Know the hazards/risks in your area and how to be prepared. It is important to be prepared for:

  • Power outages
  • Extreme weather
  • Floods
  • Freezing rain          
  • Hazardous materials incidents

Prepare your 72 hour emergency kit today

Check out a short video on the basic necessities to include in your kit. Make your kit accessible and readily available.

Items to include:

  • two litres of water per person per day
  • canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year)
  • manual can opener
  • flashlight and batteries
  • battery-powered or wind-up radio
  • first aid kit
  • special needs items - Prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities
  • extra keys for your car and house
  • cash - include smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travellers cheques are also useful) and change for payphones
  • sunscreen and sunglasses (with full UVA and UVB protection)
  • emergency plan - Include a copy of it and ensure it contains in-town and out-of-town contact information
  • emergency car kit - items to include

Create your Emergency Preparedness Action Plan using the Emergency Management Ontario's online tool.

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Review additional emergency supplies that could be of use.

Be Prepared in a Nuclear Emergency

City of Pickering Community Emergency Management Plan

This plan defines and coordinates how specific functional actions are to be addressed during an emergency or crisis event. View the plan [PDF]

Objectives of the plan:

a) Protect and preserve life, property, economy, and the environment at single and multi-site emergencies;

b) Minimize the effects of the emergency on the community of Pickering, including its inhabitants, property, and natural environment;

c) Restore essential services;

d) Manage the Recovery Phase;

e) Assist other Durham area municipalities as requested in responding to their emergencies or crises; and

f) Provide resources to other communities outside the Region, as requested.

View the City's Pet Animal Services Emergency Plan, which outlines important preparedness measures that pertain specifically to animals.