- Emergency Measures -

The Township of Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls is committed to emergency planning. We have a current, up-to-date plan in place that includes ongoing training to help community officials best prepare for emergencies. View the Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls Community Emergency Management Plan .

Be Prepared, Not Scared:

If you are unprepared for a disaster, it can shatter your life. Expect the unexpected and plan for it. Knowing what to do when a disaster strikes will help you better control the situation and be in a better position to recover more quickly.

No community is equipped to handle all the demands of a catastrophe. Help your community be preparing yourself. Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do before, during and after an emergency. Set up a family meeting to discuss how you can best prepare for an emergency.

We have a wonderful tool to help you create your very own plan. Click here for our Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls Emergency Preparedness Workbook! This Workbook contains all the tools you need to create a personalized plan for you and your family.

If you wish further information regarding Community Emergency Preparedness Planning, contact us. We have information and literature available to assist you with your family’s emergency plan.

Also for more information, check out the following websites:

What can you do?

Have a family plan. Here are the Top Ten things that you can do to prepare your family for an emergency:

  1. Post emergency telephone numbers where your family can find them easily, such as on the refrigerator.
  2. When calling for help, specify: who you are, where you are, what happened, and what help you need.
  3. Teach your children how and who to call for help.
  4. Keep a home emergency kit handy.
  5. Keep fresh water in a container and change it every two weeks.
  6. Keep a one week food supply on hand at all times in your home.
  7. Teach all family members how to turn off the gas, power and water.
  8. Pick a family meeting place in case you are ever evacuated or must leave your home. Tell friends to call this location for information about you and your family.
  9. Keep a survival kit in your car.
  10. Always keep your gas tank half full. This way if you are evacuated, you can use your car.

Remember: Tune into CKSX Radio (local, low-frequency broadcast, currently working on expanding broadcast range) 91.1 FM, CBC Radio 95.7 FM, Kenora 89.5 FM, Fort Frances 93.1 FM or Warroad, MN 92.5 FM for details and stay tuned for updates. Avoid using the telephone unless your call is urgent. Telephone equipment can become overloaded during an emergency. Please leave the lines free for emergency workers.

If You Are Evacuated

  1. Pack essential items, including: extra clothing, blankets, eyeglasses, dentures, prescription drugs, other important medication, cheque book, credit cards, other important papers, driver’s license, other identification, toilet articles.
  2. Turn off appliances (except refrigerators and freezers).
  3. Lock windows and doors.
  4. Leave pets indoors, with food and water for 2-3 days. Pets are not normally allowed at evacuation reception centres.

Emergency Kits

Your home emergency kit should include:

  • List of prescribed medication for family members
  • First Aid Kit
  • Battery powered radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Candles and matches
  • Toiletries

Your car emergency kit should include:

  • First Aid Kit
  • ‘Call Police’ sign for window
  • Warning flares
  • Booster cables
  • Fire extinguisher (multi-purpose dry chemical – ULC approved)
  • Tire puncture kit
  • Solar blanket
  • Waterproof matches/butane lighter
  • Large diameter candle in deep can
  • Insect repellent

In Winter, add (car kit):

  • Ice scraper
  • Shovel
  • Material to help with traction (ie. kitty litter)
  • Change of warm clothing
  • Sleeping bag and axe saw if traveling out of town

Click here for a printable list of items to gather for a Grab and Go Bag and an Evacuation To Do List.

Your Own Power and Heat Supply

To prepare in case of a major power outage, you may want to consider a portable generator. This may be especially important if you live with a person who has critical needs (ie. on an oxygen machine) or as a backup for essential business services (ie. gas pumps or refrigeration). It is also important to remember that generators need gasoline or diesel fuel and must be run outdoors.

Make sure that backup heat sources, such as wood or gas stoves and fireplaces, are properly installed and inspected and that you have extra fuel on hand. Remember – unvented combustible heat sources, such as charcoal or propane barbeques and kerosene heaters, emit fumes which can kill! If you have no backup power or heat supply at your house, make sure your emergency plan includes a place your family can go that does.

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