Have your pet licensed and microchipped. This makes it easier to reunite you with your pet if you are ever separated in the event of an emergency.
Some shelters and hotels will only accept service animals. In an emergency, you may not be able to keep your pet with you. Make a list of hotels, veterinary clinics, and animal shelters where you could bring your pet. Check with friends and family members who would be willing to care for your pet if you must evacuate your home.
Get an Emergency Kit
You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for 72-hours (3 days). A Home Emergency Preparedness Kit will help you do that.
Our Emergency Preparedness Guide (PDF) includes instruction about how to make a kit. If someone in your home has special needs, include their special items in your home kit.
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.