Markham Emergency Management
Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time – sometimes without warning. An emergency can force you to evacuate your neighbourhood, or confine you to your home or workplace without basic services such as water, gas, electricity or a working telephone.
Is your family prepared?
Markham residents have a responsibility to themselves and their families to plan and prepare for the first 72 hours of an emergency. This summer, get prepared by setting aside a little time to:
- Learn about the Risks in your Community
- Make a Family Emergency Plan
- Get a 72hr Emergency Preparedness Kit
Visit our Preparing for an Emergency page for more information on what you can do to ensure your family is ready for an emergency.
Getting prepared can be FUN for the whole family! See the Resources and Planning page for children’s colouring sheets and a crossword puzzle on emergency preparedness.
Markham's Emergency and Non-Emergency Information Sheet
Don't scramble when an emergency happens! Keep a copy of Markham's Emergency and Non-Emergency Information Sheet at your home. Make sure everyone knows where it is kept.
Commuter Emergency Plan
Severe weather events, power outages, and heavy traffic caused by events like the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games can result in travel delays. Markham Emergency Management has created a Commuter Emergency Plan to help people who work, live, and play in Markham get to their destinations using pre-planned alternative routes.
Before an emergency happens, take some time and use this plan to list your normal routes as well as some alternates. Included on the second page is a list of phone numbers and websites for public transportation providers to help you with your planning. Keep a copy of the completed plan in your wallet, vehicle’s glove compartment or another safe place where you can access it when you need it.
By being prepared, you can help avoid the frustrations of travel delays.
Don’t forget to make a plan for your pets!
Many residents of Markham have pets who, like other family members, also need the protection and security of an emergency plan. Whether you are advised to stay at home or asked to evacuate to a safer location during an emergency, the responsibility of caring for your pet rests with you, the owner. Planning in advance for you and your pet will save you time and lessen the stress during an already stressful situation.
A comprehensive emergency plan includes preparing in advance for care for your pets before, during and after an emergency. The best way to protect your pet in an emergency is to bring it with you, however; some shelters or hotels will only accept service animals. It is a good idea before an emergency happens to create a list of hotels, veterinary clinics, animal shelters and other boarding facilities where you can bring your pet. Check with friends and family outside of your area as well to see if they would be willing to care for your pet should you have to evacuate.
As part of your plan, it is important to develop and create a 72 hour Pet Emergency Preparedness Kit, similar to the one you would create for yourself and your family. See our Pet Emergency Kit Checklist for the types of things you should include in your pet’s kit.
It is also important to ensure your pet is licensed and microchipped in case they become separated from you during an emergency. Reunification of owners and their pets can be facilitated much quicker with up-to-date licensing and microchipping records.
By creating an emergency plan and a Pet Emergency Kit in advance, you will have greater piece of mind knowing that all your loved ones are taken care of.
Emergency Phone Numbers
IN AN EMERGENCY CALL 9-1-1
Emergency & Health Services