June 25, 2022

Town of Cobourg Reminds Citizens of the Importance of 72 Hour Emergency Kits

Following the devastation caused by the weather system that swept through Southern Ontario on Saturday afternoon, the Town of Cobourg Emergency Management Department would like to remind citizens of the importance of 72 hour emergency kits.

As we approach June, the Town of Cobourg Emergency Management Department would like to remind citizens that severe weather in Canada takes many different forms in the summer months. Violent weather that can produce strong winds, heavy rains, lightning, thunder, and hail can cause injuries, and destruction of property, crops, and livestock.

“As we witnessed this weekend, severe weather can cause major destruction in a matter of minutes,” says Shannon Murphy, Town of Cobourg Emergency Planner. During those first 72 hours, emergency departments and hydro are extremely busy and may not be able to respond in their regular manner.  “Being prepared with a 72-hour kit and a storm readiness plan, is of the utmost importance for the health and safety of you and your family.”

Helpful Tools and Information:

  • For residents without power, the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit recommends Caution Against Foodborne and Waterborne Illnesses
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada: Spring and summer weather hazards information and preparation
    • Residents are encourage to download an Emergency Weather Alert on their mobile devices
  • Town of Cobourg – Personal Preparedness page, how to make a 72 Hour Kit and Personal Preparedness plan

Knowing what to expect and how to prepare for it, will help you protect yourself and your family from summer weather hazards. For more information please contact the Town of Cobourg Emergency Management Department at 905-372-9971.

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