Emergency Preparedness

 If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.

Otherwise, explore the content below to make sure you and your family are prepared.

The Township of The Archipelago’s emergency management team works to prevent and prepare for emergencies. You should also be prepared in case of a serious incident in our community. In accordance with the Emergency Management and Civic Protection Act, every municipality in Ontario is required to have an Emergency Plan.  The Township of The Archipelago's Emergency Management Program and Emergency Response Plan was developed in conjunction with the Town of Parry Sound, Municipality of McDougall, and the Townships of Carling, McKellar and Seguin.  Please see By-law 2020-05 to review The Archipelago's Emergency Response Plan.

Be assured that the Township of The Archipelago and its partners will work together to respond to any urgent situation. When the unexpected occurs, you play an important role as well. Review our helpful resources and ensure that you and your family are prepared. 

Before an emergency strikes, take steps to prepare you and your family. There are many things that you can do to ensure that your family will be able to survive any type of disaster.

  • Take a First Aid/CPR course (contact the Red Cross or St. John Ambulance for course information).
  • Prepare an Emergency Survival Kit and keep it well stocked. Ensure that it contains necessities for your pets and for seniors who live with you.
  • Know the emergency contact phone numbers and keep them handy.
  • Practice your emergency plan often and ensure that your children are familiar with it.
  • Prepare yourself for different types of emergency situations so you'll know what to do whatever the disaster.
When a disaster strikes do not assume that emergency services will not be available, but recognize that demands on them may be so great that calls may not be responded to immediately. In rural communities with great distances between centers, it is critical that we are able to fend for ourselves and help our neighbours in times of emergencies.

The following are a few tips that can help you and your family and friends get through such an emergency.
  • Keep Calm.
  • Listen for Municipal and Police Announcements on either 103.3 Moose FM or the Township's website.(www.thearchipelago.on.ca) if accessible.
  • Weather information is available on 88.9 FM.
  • Marine information, monitor VHF Channel 16 (Marinas monitor 68).
Follow direction of Emergency Personnel.

In most emergencies, the best thing to do is to stay where you are and monitor the situation. If evacuation is necessary, emergency personnel through radio, television or door-to-door contact will convey information. If you are instructed to leave:

  • Leave immediately.
  • Take your emergency survival kit with you.
  • Listen to the radio and follow instructions from local emergency officials.
  • If instructed to do so, shut off water, gas and electricity.
  • Make arrangements for your pets.
  • Wear clothes and shoes appropriate to conditions.
  • Lock the house.
  • Follow the routes specified by officials, NO shortcuts. A shortcut could lead you to a blocked or dangerous area.
  • If time allows, leave a note telling others when you left and where you went. A possible location where the note could be left is a mailbox, if you have one.
  • When you reach your destination, sign up with the registration center so you can be contacted or reunited with family members.
For information on Provincial Emergency Planning, visit the Ministry of Community Safety and Correction Services website
To report a power outage, call Hydro One 1-800-434-1235 or report online at https://www.hydroone.com/power-outages-and-safety.

The Township has developed an emergency plan to respond to emergencies. The Municipal Emergency Control Group is convened in case of emergency and…

  • makes decisions and coordinates action
  • assesses events as they occur
  • maintains operations throughout the community

Members of the Municipal Emergency Control Group vary, but generally include the Chief Administration Officer, Community Emergency Management Coordinator, Clerk, Director of Operations and Treasurer

These individuals and other staff occupy the following roles as the Emergency Control Group in supporting an emergency:

  • Incident Command
  • Safety Officer
  • Liaison Officer
  • Emergency Information Officer
  • Operations Section Chief
  • Planning Section Chief
  • Logistics Section Chief
  • Finance and Administration Section Chief