We know the entire world has been in an emergency situation for several months now. However, we still need to be prepared for other types of emergencies that can still occur, such as power outages, tornadoes, blizzards and floods. Any of these emergencies could make it difficult to receive important information from government agencies and to stay in touch with loved ones.
How to get City info
In the event of any emergency, the City of Ottawa provides important information and updates to affected residents in a variety of ways:
The City’s website, ottawa.ca
The City’s app
The City’s Twitter account, @ottawacity
Your City Councillor
Door-to-door visits from City staff
Public information meetings in affected neighbourhoods
By email to subscribers of the City news e-newsletter
Also, the City creates dedicated channels for prolonged emergency responses. For example:
During the spring each year, the City communicates flood information through a dedicated Facebook group. Residents in flood-prone areas join the group to ask questions and get accurate and up-to-date information about flooding in Ottawa.
Residents who want up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Ottawa can subscribe to the COVID-19 vaccination update.
What if there is a power outage?
Battery-operated (or crank) radios are an important tool for you during a power outage.
The City of Ottawa shares critical information and public service announcements with our local news media so that they can include it in their news coverage.
If there is a power outage and you can’t access information online, tune into your local news radio channel for the latest information. You can also access information in your local daily or community newspaper.
Look out for each other
Have a conversation now with neighbours, friends and family members about how to stay in touch with each other in the event of an emergency. Plan to check-in with each other in the event that one of you lives in a community that is affected by an emergency.
Equipment to have on hand
Battery or crank powered radio
Prepaid phone card
Mobile phone charger
Landline telephone that does not require electricity
For more information about:
Emergency preparedness visit ottawa.ca.
Staying in touch during emergencies visit getprepared.gc.ca.
How to make a plan visit emergencymanagementontario.ca.