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Emergency Management

NBP is committed to providing the highest level of emergency preparedness for our residents and visitors. Our goal is to save lives, protect property and the environment through preparedness, mitigation, prevention, response and recovery.

  • Preparedness: Actions taken prior to an emergency or disaster to ensure an effective response
  • Mitigation: Actions taken to reduce the effects of an emergency or disaster
  • Prevention: Actions taken to prevent an emergency or disaster
  • Response: Actions taken to respond to an emergency or disaster
  • Recovery: Actions taken to recover from an emergency and bring the community or affected area back to normal

What does an emergency mean to you? It is a situation or impending situation that causes a danger of major proportions caused by the force of nature, a disease or health risk, an accident or an intentional or unintentional act that could result in serious harm to people and/or significant damage to property.

If an emergency happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. It is your responsibility to be prepared to take care of yourself, your family and your pets for at least 72 hours.  Learn how quick and easy it is to #BeBetterPrepared before, during and after an emergency.

Before an Emergency

Being better prepared is all about having a plan and it only takes about 20 minutes to complete.  Making sure everyone in your family knows what to do in an emergency is the first step. Consider the following questions;

  • What are your two escape routes from your house and your neighborhood? Do you practice them at least once a year?
  • Where will you meet if the family gets separated?
  • Who can pick up the kids?
  • Do you have readily available Close-by and out-of-town alternate contact information of names, telephone numbers and addresses?
  • What will you do with your pets?

It's easy, fast and free to make a plan online for printing.

Building a 72 hour Emergency Kit is easy and you may be surprised how at how much you already have at home.  Your kit should contain essential items for you, your family and your pets to survive for a minimum of three days or 72 hours at home.  Keep it in an easy-to-reach, accessible place. Remember you may need to stay in place with your 72 hour kit or possibly leave immediately with a grab-and-go bag.


  • Three day supply of drinking water (4 liters per person per day) and non-perishable food for your household, including pets
  • Manual can-opener 
  • Battery powered or crank radio and flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Prescriptions and special medical supplies for family
  • Candles and matches/lighter
  • Hand sanitizer or moist towelettes
  • Important personal papers, including contact information for you 
  • Extra car and house keys, smaller bills of cash
  • Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
  • Copy of your emergency plan and contact information

Make sure your medications are written down and stored all together in an easily accessible location.

How to build a:

  • Arrange in advance for someone to check on you in the event of an emergency
  • If you rely on life-sustaining equipment/apparatus that requires electricity, develop a back up plan in case there is a power outage
  • Work with your family or healthcare provider to develop a plan and build a kit for your specific needs

Disabilities & Special Needs Guide for Emergency Preparedness

Insurance can help you replace what’s lost, and help cover your expenses if you are forced to leave your home during an emergency. Discuss your needs with an insurance representative.

As a homeowner or tenant, you are legally responsible for any damage you cause to any part of your building and for unintentional harm caused to others who live in or visit the property.

For example:

  • If your known faulty toaster oven starts a fire that damages not only your apartment, but the entire complex, you may have to pay for the damage to your unit and the rest of the complex.
  • If someone slips and falls in your rental condo, you may be held financially responsible for the cost of the injured person’s damages.
  • If your clothing, furniture or electronics are destroyed by fire or water damage, replacement costs add up.

For more information, visit the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

During an Emergency

During an emergency, you should stay tuned to local news channels. Be sure to have a portable, battery-operated or crank radio in your 72 hour kit in case of power outages.

Information can also be found on the Northern Bruce Peninsula Fire and Emergency Services Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Local Radio Stations:

If you are instructed to "shelter-in-place" this means you must remain inside your home or location and protect yourself there. What to do?

Authorities will not ask you to leave your home unless they have reason to believe you are in danger.  What to do?

Your pets and evacuations

Emergency Preparedness - Camp & Cottage

Camping, cottaging and travelling are amazing ways to spend the summer months. Create a Camp, Cottage and RV Emergency Plan before heading out this summer. 

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