Norfolk County will join communities across the country in recognizing Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week from May 5 to 11, 2024.

EP Week encourages Canadians to take concrete actions to better prepare to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. This year’s theme is “Plan for every season,” which highlights the opportunity to practice emergency preparedness throughout the year.

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

  • Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to the community and region can help better prepare.
  • Make a plan – Every home needs an emergency plan. Emergencies can happen anytime, often when families are not together. Plans can be made in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Get an emergency kit – Purchasing or making an emergency kit that ensures self-sufficiency for multiple days (about three days) following a disaster. Kits should include water, food that will not spoil, any required medications, a first-aid kit, and a flashlight.
  • Stay informed – The community is encouraged to follow @NorfolkCounty on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter) for frequent updates during an emergency.
    Visit to better prepare for all types of emergencies.   


Gord Stilwell, Norfolk County Fire Chief

“It’s important to be prepared for emergencies throughout the year,” said Fire Chief Gord Stilwell. “In Norfolk County, emergencies can include flooding, extreme cold or heat, and power outages. An emergency kit can help save lives in these situations, and I encourage every household to create one for home, vehicles, and even work.”