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Emergency Management

Emergency Preparedness and Mitigation

The City of Kawartha Lakes Emergency Plan is the foundation for provisions for the extraordinary arrangements and measures that may have to be taken to safeguard properties and the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the City of Kawartha Lakes in the event of an emergency.

The purpose of the Emergency Plan is to limit or prevent damage and destruction of property, infrastructure and the environment when faced with a major emergency situation that requires coordinated action beyond normal procedures.

Download the City of Kawartha Lakes' Emergency Plan or contact Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Headquarters at 705-324-5731 to request a hard copy or alternate format version of the plan.

Are you and your family prepared for an emergency? Everyone should know the risks, make a plan and prepare a 72-hour emergency kit. Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do before, during and after an emergency. Visit Emergency Management Ontario for more information and tips on emergency preparedness.

Build An Emergency Survival Kit

Your emergency survival kit should have everything you and your family would need to be safe and take care of yourselves for at least three days immediately following an emergency.

The following list is broken down into the essentials, items you may need to meet your family's unique needs, and items to have ready in case you have to leave your home.

What to put in your survival kit


  • food (non-perishable and easy-to-prepare items, enough for 3 days) and a manual can opener
  • bottled water (4 litres per person for each day)
  • medication(s)
  • flashlight
  • radio (crank or battery-run)
  • extra batteries
  • first-aid kit
  • candles and matches/lighter
  • hand sanitizer or moist towelettes
  • important papers (identification, contact lists, copies of prescriptions, etc.)
  • extra car keys and cash
  • whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
  • zip-lock bag (to keep things dry)
  • garbage bags

Special Considerations

  • items for babies and small children--diapers, formula, bottles, baby food, comfort items
  • prescription medication
  • medical supplies and equipment
  • pet food and supplies
  • any other items specific to your family's needs

Extra Supplies For Evacuation

  • clothes, shoes
  • sleeping bags or blankets
  • personal items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, comb, other toiletries)
  • playing cards, travel games, other activities for children

Other Tips

  • Pack the contents of your kit in an easy-to-carry bag(s) or a case on wheels;
  • Store your kit in a place that is easy to reach, and ensure that everyone in your family knows where it is;
  • Your kit does not have to be built overnight. Spread your shopping over a few weeks. Purchase a few items every time you go to the store;
  • Your water supply is meant to cover what you would drink as well as what you might need for food preparation, hygiene and dishwashing;
  • Check and refresh your kit twice a year--when the clocks shift to/from daylight savings time is a good time. Check all expiry dates and replace food and water with a fresh supply. Check batteries and replace as needed;
  • Keep your cell phone or mobile device fully charged. 

Seasonal Tips

We all need to be prepared for weather-related emergencies. Here's some advice for staying safe:

Spring Flooding Tips

Checklist for Flood Preparation

As the spring thaw approaches, here is a quick checklist to aid you in preparation of possible flooding. Listen to the latest warnings and advisories on the radio and television to give yourself as much time as possible in the event of an evacuation.

This list is provide to assist you to consider all of the issues you need to deal with should a flood occur. You may have other things you wish to add to the list.


There are 3 types of local flood messages:

  • Flood Warning: flooding is imminent or already occurring
  • Flood Watch: there is the potential for flooding
  • Watershed Conditions Statements and Flood Outlooks: an early notice of the potential for flooding based on heavy rain, snow melt etc. and water safety information.

To stay informed about the latest weather and emergency information you can subscribe to receive updates by e-mail or download our free mobile app Pingstreet from the app store on your mobile phone. When subscribing make sure you look for a confirmation e-mail in your inbox and confirm your subscription.


To prepare for a possible extended vacancy, ask yourself:


  • Have I prepared an emergency kit -including my identification, warm clothing, essential medication, valuables and personal papers?
  • Do I have adequate food and water for 72 hours?
  • Is my cell phone charged?
  • Do I have a flashlight and charged batteries?
  • Have I made provisions for my pets?
  • Do I have cash?
  • Is my automobile(s) fueled?
  • In the event of an evacuation, did I notify other family members where I'm going?
  • If I have special needs (children or disability), do I have to make alternate arrangements?

Inside residence

  • Have I raised furniture, clothing and valuables onto beds, tables and into roof space?
  • Have I rolled up rugs and elevated?
  • Have I placed electrical items in the highest place?
  • Have I emptied freezers and refrigerators to their lowest levels?
  • If evacuated, did I turn off the water, electricity and gas?

Outside the residence

  • Did I secure all boats and items left loose on and around docks or boathouses?
  • Did I tie down outdoor equipment and furniture?
  • Did I move chemicals and poisons to higher locations?
  • Did I move fuel sources to higher locations?
  • Did I turn off and secure all oil tanks and propane tanks?

Severe summer weather tips

  • Keep an eye on the weather;
  • Monitor the local media;
  • Listen to the radio;
  • Have a plan;
  • Look for safe shelter;
  • In case of thunder and lightning, immediately take shelter and remain sheltered for 30 minutes after the last rumble;
  • Be aware of tornado season (April to September with peak months in June and July).

Important contact information

Coboconk Municipal Service Centre, 9 Grandy Road, Coboconk
705-324-9411 extension 3515 (Toll free 1-888-822-2225 extension 3515)

City of Kawartha Lakes Call Centre: 705-324-9411 extension 0 (Toll free 1-888-822-2225 extension 0)

After Hours Municipal Emergencies:
Municipal Hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

If you require emergency fire, paramedic or police services call 911 immediately.


Road closures due to flooding

Public safety is always our top priority. During flooding roads will be closed if they are deemed to be unsafe. All road closures and re-openings are posted on the City website, in the Newsroom, and under the Road Closures news page. Sign up to receive email updates by subscribing to the newsroom. 

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Sandbag information

In the event of an emergency, the municipality will notify the public if supplies to make sandbags are available. Supplies are usually sent on a priority basis to the following locations. Please check our newsroom for updated information.

  • Burnt River Community Centre (16 Somerville Road, Burnt River)
  • Coboconk Service Centre (9 Grandy Road, Coboconk)
  • Norland Parking Lot
  • Carden Community Centre (258 Lake Dalrymple Road, Sebright)

Sandbags are only effective if you stack them correctly before your property is threatened by water or debris. Remember: floodwaters can’t be stopped, they can only be re-directed. Do not make a dam in an attempt to stop water. Use sandbags in front of windows and doors and think of ways to encourage the water toward areas of your property where it can drain off naturally without damaging anything.

Sandbags should be stacked with edges overlapping in a brick pattern.

Winter weather tips

  • Add supplies to your disaster supply kit, such as rock salt, sand and snow shovels;
  • Prepare your home and family;
  • Prepare your car;
  • Dress for the weather;
  • It is the responsibility of the homeowner to plan ahead and order fuel to get them through the winter

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