The Town of Ajax and the Region of Durham have programs and plans in place in the event of an emergency situation. Plans are regularly reviewed and practised. It is important that residents, businesses and visitors are aware of the emergency plan.

If you live, work, play, or go to school near the nuclear plants in Clarington or Pickering, take some time to learn about nuclear response preparation.

What are the risks?

Knowing your risks can help you and your family be prepared for an emergency. Make sure you think of risks where you live, work, learn and play. Different risks may need you to get ready in different ways. It's a good idea to review your risks and plans each year because they might change.

These plans should include preparations for flooding, severe storms, power outages, transportation emergencies etc.

To learn more visit Know your risks where you live, work and play.

Durham Region has a prioritized list of risks that apply to residents of Ajax. Visit their Know your Risks webpage for more information.

During an emergency, you may be asked to evacuate.

It is always a good idea to have an emergency plan. Your emergency plan should include a safe place to go. If you aren't able to get to that safe place, you may have to go to an evacuation centre. Pets are welcome at evacuation centres, so plan for them too.

In collaboration with a range of community partners, evacuation centres are set up in a safe place provided by the municipality. At an evacuation centre, you will have access to emergency social services such as:

  • Assistance to contact family members
  • Clothing
  • Drinking water
  • Emergency information
  • First-aid
  • Food
  • Shelter

Evacuation centres will be set up as needed.

Stay in touch during an emergency.

There are many reliable forms of communications that can keep you up-to-date and well informed during an emergency. 

Make sure to update your phone list often and organize your emergency contacts in your Emergency Plan. 

Learn more about how to stay in touch during an emergency from the Region of Durham. 

Be Prepared!

Discuss the possibility of emergency situations with your family. Reduce stress and save valuable time during an emergency by planning ahead.

Whether at home or on the road, emergency kits should keep you and your family prepared for at least 72 hours. Check your kits regularly and restock them. Everyone in your family should know where to find your and your emergency kits. Remember to monitor expiry dates on food, water, medications, batteries, etc., and rotate supplies so you always keep items fresh.

Kits for Home

  • Water (two litres per person, per day)
  • First aid kit
  • Personal hygiene supplies and hand sanitizer
  • Flashlights
  • Radio, either battery-powered or a wind-up radio
  • Extra batteries, including a backup battery for your smartphone
  • Important papers (emergency plan, identification, contact lists, copies of prescriptions, etc.)
  • Food that won't spoil (e.g. canned foods, energy bars) and a manual can opener
  • Food preparation equipment, including knives, spoons, disposable plates and paper towels
  • Special needs items, such as baby supplies (e.g. instant formula), equipment for people with disabilities, pet supplies and prescription medications
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Seasonal items (e.g. sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, mitts, scarves)
  • Money in small bills and coins
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
  • Zip-lock bags and garbage bags (to keep things dry)
  • Playing cards, travel games, activities for children

Kits for Vehicles

  • Food that won't spoil (e.g. canned foods, energy bars) and a manual can opener
  • Water in heat/freezer safe packaging (two litres per person, per day)
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing and shoes
  • First aid kit with seat belt cutter
  • Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
  • Candle in a deep can and matches
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Whistle
  • Roadmaps
  • A copy of your emergency plan and personal documents
  • Sand, salt or cat litter (non-clumping)
  • Anti-freeze and windshield washer fluid
  • Tow rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light or road flares

Kits for Pets

  • Blanket or bed
  • Bowls that won't tip over
  • Cage or container with your name and your vet's contact information on a label
  • Cat litter and litter box
  • Food and water for seven days
  • Leash or harness (muzzle if needed)
  • Manual can opener and plastic lids
  • Medicine and copies of vet/vaccination records
  • Newspaper, bedding material, paper towels, plastic bags
  • Pet information including licence, tags and veterinarian information
  • Photo of you with your pet, in case you get separated
  • Special equipment your pet may need
  • Treats and toys