Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergency Preparedness Week (EPW) is upon us, and the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury (BWG) is proud to support this national event and raise awareness around the importance of being prepared during an emergency.

The annual event has been supported by Public Safety Canada for over 25 years and aims to give communities and their residents an opportunity to understand the possible risks in their area. This year’s theme is Be Prepared. Know Your Risks, and it encourages Canadians to learn what actions they can take to protect themselves and their families in the event of an emergency.

Person checking off emergency checklist with emergency kit items in the background
EP Week encourages Canadians to follow three simple steps to ensure they are protected:
Step 1: Know the Risks

In Simcoe County, the highest risks are extreme weather conditions including floods, tornadoes, hail, ice storms and blizzards. There are numerous alert systems available to download onto your electronic devices that will notify you of severe weather events in your area. Make sure to keep your notifications turned on, so you can be in the know before any severe weather impacts your area.


In addition to these risks you may encounter emergencies related to power outages and industrial or transportation accidents, so it is important to be well aware prepared for these situations.

Step 2: Make a Plan

Canadian households need an emergency plan to help them and their families be prepared in case of an emergency. Creating a document containing a plan for your family can help you navigate any emergency situation that may arise.


Keep this document in an easy-to-find, easy-to-remember place (for example, with your emergency kit). Photocopy this plan and keep it in your car and/or at work. If you completed your plan online, keep an electronic version on your phone or computer.


Click here to build your own emergency plan for your family.

Step 3: Prepare a Kit

Gather items you may need in case of an emergency and create a kit of basic supplies to help you be prepared in emergency situations.


You likely already have some of these items such as food, water and a battery-operated or crank flashlight. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Make sure your kit is accessible, and that everyone in your household can locate it easily.


If you have a larger family, you may want to separate your items into multiple duffle bags or backpacks to make your kit’s portability easier.


Click below to find detailed lists of items to include in your kit.


Safety Kit Checklist



BWG Celebrates Emergency Preparedness Week

In honour of EPW the Town’s Fire and Emergency Services department is hosting the Spring into Safety Open House and welcomes the community to join in this family fun event. Attendees can watch live demonstrations by our Emergency Services department, enjoy games, free food, and more.

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Time: 4:30-7:30 pm
Location: Fire Station 1 (77 Melbourne Drive)

Bring your family and friends by to enjoy the fun while learning about fire safety, and be sure to snap a photo with Sparky!

Help support the Bradford Helping Hand Food Bank by bringing a donation to the open house event.

Instagram graphic promoting Station 1 open house event on May 8th, 2024
Station 1 Open House
View, download, or print our event flyer.
Event Parking

With the exception of accessible parking, on-site parking is not available for this event. Please use the parking lot at Holy Trinity Catholic High School, located just across the street.


If you require accessible parking, please contact fireandemerg@townofbwg.com.

Help us fill our cruiser for the Bradford Helping Hand Foodbank!

Although this event is free to attend, please consider bringing an item or two for the Foodbank.


The most needed items are:

  • Peanut butter
  • Kraft Dinner
  • Juice
  • Cereal
  • Diapers size 5 and 6
  • Baby wipes
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Address: Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, 100 Dissette St., Unit 7&8, Bradford, ON, L3Z 2A7

Phone: 905-775-5366, Send an Email

By GHD Digital