Emergency Preparedness

72 Hours Guide.pdf

The recent train derailment in Lac Mégantic prompts us to remind residents that by taking a few simple steps today, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere – in three simple steps:

1. Know the risks

The Town of Hampstead has identified the following to be the most likely risks affecting our area:

  1. Severe weather (blizzard, ice-storm, violent wind, torrential rain)
  2. Power failure during a period of extreme temperature (heat or cold)
  3. Shortage, absence or contamination of the water supply
  4. Hazardous materials incident
  5. Major fire
  6. Train accident or derailment
  7. Computer network or communications network outage
  8. Public health incident (pandemic or epidemic)
  9. Terrorist activity
  10. Airplane crash


2. Make a plan

You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. If a disaster happens in Hampstead, first responders – police, fire, ambulance, and public works – may be assigned to controlling the disaster and helping those in desperate need. For the first 72 hours of an emergency, you need to be prepared to fend for yourself.
Your plan will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. It should include escape routes, meeting places, and a designated contact person. Ask your children’s school or daycare about their emergency plan. Those with specials health needs should write down details about their medical conditions and medications.
For your home, make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector, smoke detector and fire extinguisher. Know how to turn off your home’s water, electricity and gas.

3. Prepare a kit

In an emergency you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. The key is to make sure the items are organized and easy to find. A basic emergency kit should contain:

  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
  • Water – at least two litres of water per person per day
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Manual can-opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Candles and waterproof matches
  • Battery-powered or wind-up radio (and extra batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities
  • Extra keys for your house and car
  • Some cash in smaller bills and change for payphones
  • A whistle (in case you need to attract attention)
  • A change of clothing and footwear for each person
  • Sleeping bag or blanket for each person

If you have a car, prepare a kit and keep it in the vehicle. It should include some of the above items plus, booster cables, shovel, snow brush, windshield washer fluid, flares and road salt.
Although it’s not possible to plan for every type of emergency that exists, the Town of Hampstead is prepared to handle the types of disasters most like to affect our town, its residents and its infrastructure.
The first line of defense includes the following groups:

  • The Town of Hampstead including Public Security, Public Works and employees;
  • First responders, such as the Montreal Police, Montreal Fire Department, Urgences-santé and provincial and federal government;
  • And, YOU. Everyone plays a vital role in preparing for and mitigating the risks of disasters.

How to report an emergency

In the event of a fire, medical emergency or if someone’s life is at risk, call 9-1-1.


How to stay informed

In the event of an emergency, your best resources are trusted news sources such as a radio station or local newspaper, and official notifications from the City, Police or Fire Department. You can also get up-to-date information from the Town’s website (www.hampstead.qc.ca), Facebook (www.facebook.com/hampsteadQC) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/hampsteadqc) accounts.

For non-urgent issues, contact call Town Hall at 514-369-8200 or by email at info@hampstead.qc.ca or Public Security at 514 369-8250 (24-hrs). Keep in mind that lines may be overwhelmed and information may not be available (i.e.: when is the power coming back on?).

For more information on self-preparedness, emergency plans and emergency kits, please visit www.GetPrepared.ca.

Environment Canada Weather Office: www.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca
Safe Canada:    www.safecanada.ca
Canadian Red Cross:   www.redcross.ca
St. John Ambulance:   www.sja.ca
Salvation Army:    www.SalationArmy.ca