Resources for families

Is your family prepared? Here are some tools to help you be prepared!

Do you know the difference between a weather watch vs. a weather warning?

  • Severe Weather Watch: Conditions are favourable for a severe storm
  • Severe Weather Warning: Severe weather is imminent or occurring

72 hours guide
The Government of Canada encourages Canadians to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency, enabling first responders to focus on those in urgent need. During those 72 hours, citizens should we well prepared to sustain themselves, and this guide will describe the ways you can do so.

Emergency Preparedness Guide for people with disabilities/special needs
Do you have a family member who requires accessibility needs? This guide will help them be prepared.

General Resources

The three steps to emergency preparedness: know the risks, make a plan, and get a kit. These three steps will ensure that you and your family are prepared for 72 hours. Find out more in this guide.

The first step to emergency preparedness is knowing the risks. Do you know what the risks are in Mississauga?

The Government of Canada has identified a few common ones:

Flooding is most imminent near the beginning of spring months when the snow and ice begin to thaw. Is your family prepared for basement flooding? Take a look at this guide and find out more information on how to be prepared.

The third step to emergency preparedness is to get a kit. Other than household items such as flashlight and radio, there is a lot more to learn about compiling a food emergency kit. Take a look at this guide learn what kinds of food to pack in your kit.

Not only does your family need to be prepared, so does your business. Check out this Business Continuity Planning Tool to ensure your business is also prepared.

It's also important to understand the health risks of cold weather. To learn more review the Health Impacts of Cold Weather document.

External Resources

For more information on the Government of Canada’s 72 hour rule and the three steps to emergency preparedness, please visit

To learn more about emergency management, training programs, and current emergency information affecting Ontarians, please visit Emergency Management Ontario at

For all other City inquiries, please visit or dial 3-1-1. If you are outside the city, dial 905-615-4311. This service is available Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  After hours dispatch service is available for urgent issues on weekends and overnight Monday to Friday. Translation is available through a multilingual interpretation service.

This guide outlines steps that you and your family can take right now to best ensure that you are prepared for flood emergency events in your community. View and Download.

Emergency Preparedness Tips