Fire Chief, Director of Emergency Service
Phone: (705) 739-4220 ext. 3256
Fax: (705) 728-1277
Ministry of Health and Long Term Care of Ontario – Pandemic Influenza
Ontario Health Plan for an Influenza Pandemic
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit – Infectious Diseases
Emergencies can happen anywhere at any time with little or no warning. Your best protection in any emergency is to be prepared for the unexpected and know what to do. This will help you control the situation better and allow you to recover more quickly.
The City of Barrie Emergency Plan establishes an emergency management structure and emergency response guidelines for the City, and related emergency agencies, in the event of a major emergency that is beyond the normal response capabilities of the municipality. The plan provides for the extraordinary arrangements and measures that may be required to protect the health, safety, welfare, environment and economic health of Barrie residents, businesses and visitors when faced with an emergency.
The Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, through Emergency Management Ontario, maintains a full-time provincial emergency operations centre to monitor the public safety situation and coordinate the provincial response to any emergency.
Public Safety Canada is responsible for developing and implementing federal policies for emergency management. Public Safety Canada also coordinates Emergency Preparedness Week (first full week of May, annually) in collaboration with the provinces/territories and partners.
During the 20th century, the world faced three flu pandemics; the Hong Kong Flu in 1968, the Asian Flu in 1957 and the most deadly, the Spanish Flu in 1918 - 1919 that killed 25 million people. Although the 2010 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic was not as severe as anticipated, public health experts advise that another influenza pandemic could happen anytime.
If we are prepared, we can reduce the number of people who will become infected and the number who will die. Since pandemic flu spreads the same way as seasonal flu (influenza), its spread can be greatly reduced by taking these precautions:
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