Emergency Kit

Every citizen has a responsibility to be prepared for an emergency. Just as the Municipality has a plan and equipment to carry out the plan, every family should have a plan and sufficient supplies to last for a minimum of 72 hours.

For more information on Emergency Preparedness, Contact Fire and Emergency Services

Emergency Kit suggestions:

  • Food, bottled water, juices, instant drinks
  • Manual can opener
  • Warm clothing and footwear.
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags.
  • Flashlights and batteries.
  • Radio with spare batteries or crank radio.
  • First-aid kit
  • Candles and matches.
  • Car keys and cash.
  • Toilet paper and other personal items.
  • Medications
  • Important papers: OHIP cards, SIN cards, personal phone numbers, etc.
  • Whistle to attract attention if necessary.
  • Playing cards, games, etc.
  • Backpack/duffel bag to hold survival kit items.

When an emergency occurs, stay calm. Stay at home. Listen to local radio stations or television stations for current information and instructions. Use the telephone only if there is an urgent need to. If your safety is at risk, you will be advised of the appropriate action to take.

Depending on the nature of the emergency, you may be asked to evacuate and you will be instructed where to go for emergency shelter. Take your Emergency Kit with you.

You may be asked to Shelter in Place so it is a good idea to be familiar with the procedures for sheltering in place.  If you are at home and asked to Shelter in Place, bring your emergency kit in the room with you.

During an emergency, information will be provided to you by several sources. Regular updates will be posted on this website and the Municipal website. Typically, local radio and television stations will carry emergency bulletins. In some cases, emergency personnel may broadcast emergency instructions using police vehicles.


Radio Stations
The Breeze 107.9 FM - Cobourg
The Star 93.3 FM - Cobourg
Country 105.1 FM - Peterborough
The Wolf 101.5 FM - Peterborough

 Television Stations
Cable 10 (Cogeco local channel)
CHEX (Peterborough)

Safety Tips During an Emergency

  • Develop a family emergency plan. Review the plan often with all family members
  • Arrange to help your neighbour and know you neighbours' needs, especially the elderly and those with special needs.
  • Do not store gasoline in your home. Use proper candle holders and never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Do not use charcoal or gas BBQs, camping heating equipment or home generators indoors.
  • If you have to leave your home during an emergency, turn off all appliances and, if appropriate, drain water lines to prevent freezing.
  • If traffic lights are not working, treat all intersections as 4-way stops.
  • Follow instructions provided for evacuation routes and emergency shelters.

Other Useful Information Sources

Emergency Management Ontario

Northumberland County Emergency Planning


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