Timiskaming District Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

 About the Plan 

Community Safety and Well Being plans were legislated under the Police Services Act, 1990.  As part of the legislation, municipalities were required to develop and adopt community safety and well-being plans working in partnership with a multi-sectoral advisory committee comprised of representation from the police service board and other local service providers in health/mental health, education, community/social services and children/youth services.

Additional requirements are also outlined in the legislation pertaining to conducting consultations, contents of the plan, monitoring, evaluating, reporting and publishing the plan. This approach allowed municipalities to take a leadership role in defining and addressing priority risks in the community through proactive integrated strategies that ensure vulnerable populations receive the help they need from the providers best suited to support them.

Municipalities were provided the flexibility to engage in community safety and well-being planning individually, or in partnership with neighbouring municipalizes to develop a joint plan.

On December 3, 2021 Council passed Resolution Number 2019-633 supporting a District-wide approach in the development of the Community Safety and Well-being Plan. All 23 municipalities in the District as well as the Municipality of Temagami agreed to participate and DTSSAB agreed to be the lead organization in the development of the plan. An RFP was awarded in March of 2021 to complete the project.

 An oversight committee made up of representatives from DTSSAB, The Timiskaming Health Unit (THU), the City of Temiskaming Shores and the Town of Kirkland Lake was struck. Additionally, a multi-sectoral advisory committee was created. Community, business, agency and organization engagement, public engagement sessions as well as public surveys were utilized for data collection.  Two half day workshops with the Advisory Committee allowed for substantial input regarding the content of the plan

In June 2022, Council official adopted the Timiskaming District Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.

View or print a copy of the Plan. 

Timiskaming District Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

Emergency Management

Emergency Preparedness

 Know the Risks

Although the consequences of various disasters can be similar, knowing the risks in your region can help you better prepare.

Across Canada, we face a number of hazards, such as earthquakes in British Columbia, blizzards in Nunavut and tornadoes in Ontario. In addition to natural disasters, there are other types of risks, such as power outages and industrial or transportation accidents.

Find out the risks most likely in your community by visiting the ‘Know the risks' section from the GetPrepared.ca website or by calling 1-800-O-CANADA to obtain our National Hazards map.

Get Prepared - Know the Risks

 Make a Plan

Every Canadian household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency.

Your family may not be together when an emergency occurs. Plan how to meet or how to contact one another, and discuss what you would do in different situations.

It only takes 20 minutes to complete a personalized plan online. You can then print it out. Most of this information can be filled out on your own. You may need to get some information from your municipality.

To complete your emergency plan online, visit the ‘Make an emergency plan' page from the GetPrepared.ca website.

To fill out your home emergency plan, you will need to think about the following:

  • Safe exits from home and neighborhood
  • Meeting places to reunite with family or roommates
  • Designated person to pick up children should you be unavailable
  • Contact persons close-by and out-of-town
  • Special health needs
  • Place for your pet to stay
  • Risks in your region
  • Location of your fire extinguisher, water valve, electrical box, gas valve and floor drain

Keep this document in an easy-to-find, easy-to-remember place (for example, with your emergency kit). Photocopy this plan and keep it in your car and/or at work.

Get Prepared - Make an Emergency Plan

 Get an Emergency 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.

You may have some of the items already, such as food, water and a battery-operated or crank flashlight. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Would you be able to find your flashlight in the dark?

Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. Keep it in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front-hall closet. If you have many people in your household, your emergency kit could get heavy. It's a good idea to separate some of these supplies in backpacks. That way, your kit will be more portable and each person can personalize his or her own grab-and-go emergency kit.

Basic emergency kit

  • Water – at least two litres of water per person per day. Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order
  • Food that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (Replace food and water once a year).
  • Manual can-opener
  • Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • Wind-up or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Extra keys to your car and house
  • Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones
  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
  • Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities or food, water and medication for your pets or service animal (personalize your kit according to your needs)

Check your kit twice a year to ensure contents are up to date. Re-stock as needed.

If you think your water is contaminated, check with your municipality or local authorities for details. When in doubt, do not drink water you suspect may be contaminated.

Keep some cash on hand, as automated bank machines and their networks may not work during an emergency. You may have difficulty using debit or credit cards.

For additional information on Emergency Kits visit the Government of Canada Get Prepared Website.

Get Prepared - Emergency Kits

 Risk Information

Be Prepared - Extreme Heat French - Be Prepared - Extreme Heat 

Stay Safe - Heat-related Illnesses French - Stay Safe - Heat-related Illnesses

Power Outage Safety French - Power Outage Safety 

Be Prepared - Winter Storms French - Be Prepared - Winter Storms

What to Do - Floods

What to Do - Power Outages

What to Do - Severe Storms 

What to Do - Earthquakes

General Documents

Emergency Preparedness Guide

Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities and Special Needs

Emergency Preparedness for Farm Animals

Three Steps to Emergency Preparedness

Pocket Guide to Emergencies