Media Release: Emergency Preparedness: Be Ready for Anything

Posted On Monday May 03, 2021

(Huntsville, ON) Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency might happen, whether natural or human-induced. Given the current global battle with COVID-19, when it comes to emergency preparedness, everyone has a role to play for the safety of ourselves, family and community.

During Emergency Preparedness Week (May 2-8, 2021), residents are encouraged to take concrete actions to be better prepared to protect themselves and their family during an emergency.

By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere. It is important to:

  1. Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare.
  2. Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do.
  3. Build an emergency kit – During an emergency, everyone will need basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.
  4. Stay Informed – Residents are encouraged to be alert ready. There are several ways to stay informed:
    • Register for local notification through the new Voyent Alert in Muskoka app. This is a community alerting service provided by the District of Muskoka and surrounding communities. It is intended to keep you informed during critical incidents such as fires, or floods. The service is FREE, simple and anonymous. Register online to receive email, voice or text-based alerts at:
    • Sign-up for Provincial notifications through the Alert Ready in Ontario app
    • Follow @OntarioWarnings, @ONsafety and other provincial communication handles on Twitter or follow #AlertMuskoka on social media
    • Subscribe, listen or follow local government and media outlets online

When it comes to emergency preparedness, everyone has a role to play - it is everyone’s responsibility.

Visit for resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies or for additional information specific to Huntsville.