Mississauga to Better Prepare Residents in the Event of a Disaster
Nov 06, 2018
The City of Mississauga, along with the Region of Peel and the Canadian Red Cross continue to work together to equip Mississauga residents with support during a disaster. Designated City-owned Community Centres will have new signage in place identifying them as an Emergency Reception Centre during an emergency situation. Trained City staff will also be available onsite to respond and co-ordinate facility operations during an emergency event and the Region of Peel Human Services & Canadian Red Cross will co-ordinate emergency social services.
“Mississauga is ready and prepared to respond in the event of a disaster. Disasters can have a life-altering impact on individuals, their families and our entire community. Evacuating from your home during a disaster can be overwhelming. It’s important that our residents have the tools and guidance they need to feel safe, secure and well-prepared in the event of a crisis,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Our Emergency Reception Centres are a beacon of security, and we want to ensure our residents can get there safely and soundly.”
An Emergency Reception Centre is a safe place where people can go to receive:
information about the emergency
assistance meeting their basic needs
help planning their recovery from the disaster
other primary and specialized services
“We are in the business of building community preparedness. Our Emergency Management program is holistic; it includes people, resources and systems that all work together before, during and after a disaster,” said Tim Beckett, Mississauga Director of Emergency Management and Fire Chief. “Emergency Reception Centres are such an important part of that system to keep residents informed and safe.”
In the event residents cannot return home during a disaster, they are encouraged to register for emergency social services at the nearest Emergency Reception Centre. During the registration process, residents can expect to be asked the following questions:
Do you have somewhere you can stay safely?
Do you have transportation to necessary places like work and school?