Emergency Numbers

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You must dial 911 only in emergency situations.
Do not call this number for information or to inquire about available services from these emergency service providers.

Fire / Police / Ambulance 
Crime Stoppers 
  (800) 222-8477
Fire Department 
  (705) 853-4666
Sudbury & District Health Unit 
  (705) 522-9200
Ministry of the Environment 
  (705) 564-3237
Ministry of Natural Resources 
  (705) 564-7823
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) 
  (888) 310-1122
Wild Bear Problems 
  (866) 514-2327
Manitoulin - Sudbury District Services Administration Board 
  (705) 862-7850

Animal Protection & Shelters 

  (705) 566-9582


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Emergency Management in Ontario (EMO)

Since 1980, communities have counted on Emergency Management Ontario (EMO) when they need it most. In fact, they are on the job well before an emergency occurs. Prevention and preparedness are key pillars of EMO’s mandate. When the unthinkable happens, EMO is there to support community response and coordinate provincial activities as required.

While Ontario is a safe place to live and work, emergencies can happen anywhere and at anytime. Emergency management in Ontario consists of a system of mutually supportive partnerships coordinated by Emergency Management Ontario. We all have a role to play in keeping the province safe. Individuals and families should be prepared to take care of themselves for at least 72 hours in the event of an emergency situation.

At the government level, all municipalities and provincial ministries are required to have an emergency management program. The requirements for these programs are set out in the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Emergency Management Ontario supports municipalities and ministries in implementing their programs by providing them with advice, assistance, guidelines, training, and other tools.

Most incidents that do occur are handled at the local level by well-trained emergency responders. In the event of a larger incident, the head of council may decide to declare an emergency and assemble local officials at the municipal Emergency Operations Centre. This approach ensures a coordinated and effective strategic response.
The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act establishes the province’s legal basis and framework for managing emergencies. It does this by defining the authority, responsibilities and safeguards accorded to provincial ministries, municipalities and specific individual appointments, such as the Commissioner of Emergency Management.

The overall legal framework for emergency management in Ontario is addressed primarily in the Act, which along with powers contained in other ministry-specific legislation allows the government to take necessary steps to deal with a provincial emergency. The purpose of the legislation is to promote the public good by protecting the health, safety and welfare of the people of Ontario in times of emergencies.

EMO Vision - a safe, secure and resilient Ontario.

EMO Mission - EMO will lead the coordination, development and implementation of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery strategies to maximize the safety, security and resiliency of Ontario through effective partnerships with diverse communities.

EMO Values - teamwork, excellence, diversity, integrity, accountability and relationships.

Smoke Alarms

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Effective March 1, 2006:

It is the law for all Ontario homes to have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. The amendment covers single family, semi-detached on townhouses, whether owner-occupied or rented.

Are you sure your smoke alarm works?

On May 2, 2004 a tragic house fire in Montreal took the lives of three children. Fire officials believe the deaths could have been prevented if there had been a working smoke alarm in the house.

"Almost all Canadian homes have at least one smoke alarm," says Canada Safety Council president Emile Therien. "Smoke alarms go off at the first sign of a fire, so people can get out."

According to Therien, the kitchen is the most dangerous room for fires, and deep frying is the most common cause. A burning pot of oil which was being used to cook french fries was apparently the cause of the Montreal fire.
Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Investigations into home fire deaths very often find that a smoke alarm did not sound. It may have been disconnected or not in working order. The batteries may have been dead, or someone may have taken them out.

Most fatal fires start at night, says Therien. Smoke alone won't necessarily wake you up. In fact, the fumes could put you into an even deeper sleep. Often, victims never wake up. Only a working smoke alarm can save your life.
The Canada Safety Council advises all Canadians to make sure their smoke alarms are working. A dead unit is worse than none at all - it can give you a false sense of security.

Smoke Alarm Basics

You need a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Single level homes and apartments should have smoke alarms near the kitchen and all sleeping areas.

Test your alarm monthly by pushing the test button. Once a year, use a smouldering cotton string, cigarette or incense until the smoke makes the alarm sound. If the alarm is battery-powered and doesn't sound, replace it with a new battery and try again. If it's electrically connected to household circuits and doesn't sound, check the fuse and try again. In either case, if the alarm still isn't working, replace the entire unit.

Replace the batteries every year, or when you hear intermittent beeping. Don't use rechargeable batteries. Unlike regular batteries, they lose their charge without emitting any warning signal.

Smoke alarms can be electrically powered, battery powered or a combination of both. Whatever kind you have, remember they don't last forever. Err on the side of safety - replace them every five years with new ones.

Make sure everyone in your home recognizes the sound of the alarm and knows what to do in case of a fire. Know two ways out of every room and have a prearranged meeting place outside. Practise your home fire escape plan regularly. Once out, stay out, and call the fire department from the nearest phone. Never go back into your home until the fire department says it is safe.

Types of Smoke Alarms

A flaming fire burns combustibles quickly, spreads rapidly and generates a lot of heat but only a little smoke.

Cooking fat or grease, flammable liquids, newspapers, paint, and cleaning solutions all burn quickly and create more flames than smoke. Ionization type smoke alarms typically respond first to fast flaming fires. They are best suited for rooms which contain highly combustible materials.

A smouldering fire produces a lot of smoke but little heat. Careless smoking, for example, may lead to fires which can smoulder for hours before bursting into flame.

Photoelectric type smoke alarms typically respond first to slow smouldering fires and are less prone to nuisance alarms near the kitchen area. These models are best suited for living rooms, bedrooms and near kitchens.

For maximum protection, install at least one ionization and one photoelectric type smoke alarm on each level of your home.

 For more information on smoke alarms contact your local fire department.

Other Information

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Some important information and downloads regarding home safety and other emergency information below:

Highway Conditions:
Ministry of Transportation - 1-800-268-4686

Volunteers Wanted!
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Fire Permit Season
April 1st to October 31st - Download Fire Permit Information

Fire Prevention & Emergency Preparedness
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Food Safety (SDHU)
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Severe Storm Preparation
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