May 5 to 11, 2024, is Emergency Preparedness Week


Benjamin Franklin said that “by failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.”

Emergency Preparedness Week is May 5 to 11 this year, and for those who have never taken it to heart, the time to act is now.

This year’s theme is “Plan for Every Season.” It embodies the unique challenges Windsorites face on a seasonal basis; from spring storms and flooding to summer heatwaves and high winds to winter snow and ice, there is no shortage of reasons to plan to protect your family and property.

Make some time to take these three easy steps:

  1. Prepare an emergency plan. Having a plan in place will save time and make real situations less stressful. 
  2. Build an emergency kit. It will help you and your family stay safe until emergency responders can reach you. 
  3. Personalize your kit to suit the needs of your family. 

Find all you need in our guides:

“By taking these three easy steps, you are taking real action to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature delivers,” said Windsor Fire and Rescue Chief Stephen Laforet. 

Windsor Alerts sign-up

Stay Informed:

It’s important to have access to the most up-to-date information. The City of Windsor’s “Windsor Alerts” program makes it easy; just sign up at or call 311. The alert service is free, and it provides event updates, warnings and instructions during times of crisis, directly to you, on any electronic device(s) you register. Non-residents who work in Windsor are also encouraged to sign up using their work addresses.

Learn more about Windsor Alerts, and also stay informed by following @WindsorFire1 and @CityWindsorON on X, and @CityofWindsor on Facebook.

Learn more about how you can better prepare yourself and your family on the City of Windsor’s Emergency Preparedness web page.

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