Stay Informed During an Emergency
During and following any emergency, it's important to monitor radio, television and online media for information from local authorities.
Your municipal and regional government will provide you with information on staying safe during the emergency and advice on recovering from the emergency. Sources include:
- 211 is free to call, multilingual, confidential and available 24/7. In addition to connecting citizens with services, 211 provides residents with information on emergencies occurring within the community. If you have questions about an emergency call 2-1-1.
- Ontario 511 provides road closures, conditions and construction information through an interactive map on their website or by dialling 5-1-1
- Environment Canada is the official source for weather watches, warnings and alerts for Ontario
- Alert Ready provides wireless emergency alerts on compatible devices.
- Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority issues flood information, warnings and status for Niagara
Radio and Television
Portable radios may not be commonly used anymore, but receiving information is crucial during any crisis. The ability to tune in to emergency radio broadcasts via a portable AM/FM radio receiver could be essential.
Like flashlights, emergency radios are available with battery, solar and wind-up power. Remember that main electricity may not be available and that you may not be able to access the internet and other services that we may take for granted.
During an emergency, listen to your local radio or television station for information and instructions.
If internet and cellular services remain available, follow verified social media sites as directed by local authorities for immediate updates.