Notice: The Alert Ready Public Awareness Test that was scheduled for May 8, 2019 at 2:55 PM in Ontario is now postponed due to the recent floods in Ottawa, which has kept many communities and emergency management partners busy with response efforts.
Alert Ready is Canada’s emergency alerting system. Alert Ready delivers critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television, radio and LTE-connected and compatible wireless devices. The Alert Ready system was developed with many partners, including federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Pelmorex, the broadcasting industry and wireless service providers. Together, these partners work to ensure Canadians receive alerts immediately and know when to take action to stay safe.
The City of Markham will use an Alert Ready Notification if there is an emergency/disaster that impacts the City.
During an Alert Ready notification, you will hear a distinctive tone on television, radio or on your wireless device, please pay attention and take action right away.
Notice for the Visually and Hearing Impaired: Alternate formats of the alerts may be issued, however, not every alerting authority or device has the capability to produce or receive these formats. Broadcasters may use text-to-speech software to create an audio version of an alert message. Emergency alerts may be read to the recipient if your device supports this feature. The vibration feature that accompanies emergency alerts is available to alert Canadians. Please contact your wireless provider for more services which may be available to you.
For more information, visit the Alert Ready website.
Other Forms of Communication
The City of Markham and 105.9 The Region (CFMS) will provide regular updates on emergency situations in the community. Tune in to 105.9 FM to hear these updates.
Electronic Information Boards
These digital screens can be found at City facilities including community centres, libraries and administrative sites (Civic Centre).
York Regional Police Community Alert
Sign up for alerts from York Regional Police. Register for the program to be notified about situations such as:
- Break and enters
- Vehicle thefts
- Missing children
- Emergency alerts
Documents & Resources
- Markham Emergency Plan [PDF]
- York Region Emergency Preparedness Guide [PDF]
- Province of Ontario Emergency Response Plan
- Canadian Emergency Response Plan
Emergency Preparedness Resources
- Is Your Family Prepared?
- Take the Emergency Preparedness Challenge
- 72 Hour Kit Pamphlet (Simple Chinese) [PDF]
- 72 Hour Kit Pamphlet (Traditional Chinese) [PDF]
- 72 Hour Kit Pamphlet (Punjabi) [PDF]
- Emergency Preparedness Shopping List [PDF] (basic items)
- Lightning Safety Fact Sheet [PDF]
- Leaving your home during a prolonged power outage during winter (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)
Ontario Seniors - How to be Prepared for an Emergency
- English [PDF]
- Arabic [PDF]
- Bengali [PDF]
- Chinese - Simplified [PDF]
- Chinese - Traditional [PDF]
- Farsi [PDF]
- Greek [PDF]
- Gujrati [PDF]
- Italian [PDF]
- Korean [PDF]
- Punjabi [PDF]
- Tagalog [PDF]
- Tamil [PDF]
- Ukrainian [PDF]
- Urdu [PDF]