Emergencies are defined as a situation or an impending situation that constitutes a danger of major proportions that could result in serious harm to persons or substantial damage to property and that is caused by the forces of nature, a disease or other health risk, an accident or an act whether intentional or otherwise. Preparing for and managing the response to a natural disaster or emergency is a key role of the City of Selkirk’s government and administration.

The City of Selkirk is committed to the protection and preservation of life and property of its residents, businesses and visitors through a coordinated response, by all City departments.

Emergencies or natural disasters can strike any community at any time. Such events vary in frequency, size and severity. People tend not to think about disasters until they are in the middle of one. The most important concept to keep in mind when planning for any type of emergency or natural disaster is that a community plan is only effective when all departments are involved in both its development and continued maintenance. A robust and effective plan necessitates cooperation and commitment from all with a sense of shared ownership and mutual responsibility.

By doing everything you can to take care of yourself, you help free up critical emergency resources for those in need, such as the disabled, sick and injured or the elderly. Families and businesses must be prepared to cover their basic needs without additional assistance for the first three days of a disaster. Businesses and residents, who are able, are expected to assist with the recovery, to ensure the area can return to normal as soon as possible.

Planning ahead and helping each other will provide the best possible chance for survival and recovery from an emergency and the community is encouraged to start with an individual or family preparedness plan. Begin by posting emergency numbers, preparing an emergency supplies kit, knowing what actions should be taken during emergencies, learning first aid and CPR, knowing what medications you are taking, checking your insurance and protecting valuable papers.

To view the Emergency Preparedness 72 Hour Guide click here

To view the Emergency Preparedness 72 Hour Shopping List click here

To view the Emergency Preparedness 72 Hour guide for people with disabilities / special needs click here