Category Archives: Emergency Preparedness

Heat warning issued for city of Guelph

August 27, 2018

Keep cool at air-conditioned City facilities and libraries Guelph, Ont., August 27, 2018 – Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Guelph. Hot and humid conditions arrive today and continue through early Wednesday. The City of Guelph reminds residents that air-conditioned City facilities and libraries are open, during regular business hours, to residents and visitors looking for a place to keep cool during the heat warning. Visit guelph.ca/coolingcentres for a list of locations and hours. When it’s hot, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health reminds residents to drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun, and to make a habit of checking on elderly family, friends, and neighbours. It’s also a good idea to plan breaks from the heat by spending a few hours in an… Continue reading Heat warning issued for city of Guelph


Students turn pillowcases into 72-hour emergency kits

May 25, 2018

Guelph, Ont., May 25, 2018 – For a second year, elementary students in grades 3 to 5 took part in The Pillowcase Project—an interactive educational program that teaches children about safety, emotional coping skills, and personal emergency preparedness. “The Pillowcase Project is a fun and engaging way to get kids involved in preparing for an emergency,” says Dave Elloway, the City of Guelph’s community emergency management coordinator. This program, developed by the American Red Cross, teaches students to create their own 72-hour emergency supply kit by packing essential survival items in a pillowcase. Such items include: water, a first-aid kit, blanket, flashlight, batteries, spare clothes, and a toothbrush, and a special comfort item such as a stuffed animal. This makes an easy to grab and… Continue reading Students turn pillowcases into 72-hour emergency kits


Are you emergency ready?

April 30, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 30, 2018 – National Emergency Preparedness Week is May 6 to 12, and the City of Guelph is kicking off the week on May 2 with a day of fun and information to help you prepare your family for any emergency. “This year’s theme—Be Emergency Ready—highlights the importance that everyone has a role to play in being prepared for an emergency; and being prepared means having the knowledge and equipment necessary to better cope during an emergency,” says Dave Elloway, the City’s community emergency management coordinator. Join us Wednesday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West End Community Centre, 21 Imperial Road South, and spend the day browsing displays from community groups, local utility companies and emergency first… Continue reading Are you emergency ready?


Is your family prepared if an emergency strikes?

May 1, 2017

Guelph, Ont., May 1, 2017 – On Wednesday, May 3, the City of Guelph will host its annual Emergency Preparedness Day event at the West End Community Centre. The free event is an opportunity for residents and school age children to learn about what is needed to plan and prepare for an emergency at home, work, or school. “An emergency can strike a community with little or no advance warning, but being prepared for one can help you and your family remain safe,” says Dave Elloway, the City’s emergency management coordinator. In addition to information displays from utilities, volunteer groups, and emergency first response organizations, members of the public can check out Guelph Fire’s aerial truck, rescue vehicles, and equipment. The Canadian Red Cross will… Continue reading Is your family prepared if an emergency strikes?


City hosting annual Emergency Preparedness Day event

May 2, 2016

Guelph, Ont., May 2, 2016 – On Wednesday, May 4 the City of Guelph will host its annual Emergency Preparedness Day event at the West End Community Centre. This free event, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is open to the public. Residents are invited to check out Guelph Fire’s aerial truck, rescue vehicles and equipment, as well as displays from first response organizations, utilities and volunteer groups. The Canadian Red Cross will set up a small demonstration evacuation shelter for people to view. Taking place during the 21st annual national Emergency Preparedness Week, May 1 to 7, Guelph’s Emergency Preparedness Day is an opportunity for the public to learn about emergency management and personal preparedness from the City’s Emergency Services personnel. This year’s national… Continue reading City hosting annual Emergency Preparedness Day event