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To coin a familiar Canadian phrase, “IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE!”

Winter is back this morning, but we missed the freezing rain.  Public Works is busy clearing the streets and sidewalks and the Counties have done several sweeps of their roads with plows and sand/salt.

Emergency Survival Kit

This is the second “freezing rain” event in the past two weeks.  Do you have a plan and emergency survival kit to take care of yourself and family for at least 72 hours immediately following an emergency?

Here is the Emergency Management Ontario link that covers how to be prepared. https://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/beprepared/Step1MakeAPlan/Step1_make_a_plan.html

Sump Pump Connections

The heavy rain these past few days has resulted in wet basements and, consequently, sump pumps are working hard.  Please remember that it is illegal to connect your sump pump to the waste water system.

Council continues to have concerns about the number of properties discharging clean sump pump water to the waste water lagoons.  Every person who disconnects a sump pump from the sewer pipes becomes part of the Village solution, instead of the problem.  As I walk in the Village, I note that several properties have disconnected from the sewer system over the past couple of years.  On behalf of Council and Staff, thank you for working with us to reduce the exponential amount of clean water being sent to the waste water lagoons.

However, there are still property owners that are not in compliance with the by-law.  Research indicates that 10 sump pumps connected to the waste water pipes is equal to the normal household discharge of 300 homes. The pipes were all examined in 2018 & 2019 and are in good condition without leaks.

Members of Council visited every residence in late 2019 and conducted a survey regarding downspout and sump pump connections.  Council approved the purchase of a flow meter, which has been installed in the sewer pipes.  It will measure unusually high flows for a limited number of properties.  Over the next few months, Public Works will be following up with property owners in these areas.  Property owners with sump pumps still connected to the sewer pipes are encouraged to make the necessary changes.

Please check your sump pump connection to-day and if you have any questions, contact Mr Peter Evans, Supervisor of Public Works @ 613-273-2191 or pevans@villageofwestport.ca.

Do you have your 72 hr Emergency Survival Kit?


Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time and can leave families finding themselves having to evacuate their homes. This past Tuesday, there was a real possibility that the repairs to the water pipe on Concession St would not be completed before our water tower was drained, losing pressure.  That would have required a mandatory 48 hour boil water order from the United Counties of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Medical Officer of Health.  I encourage everyone to be proactive and take the proper steps before an emergency occurs to help prepare for such an event. A crucial step in preparing for an emergency is having/owning an emergency survival kit.  I have attached the information on the Emergency Survival Kit from the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services – Office of the Fire Marshall/Emergency Management.

Emergencies can disrupt household utilities such as electricity, gas, and water for extended periods of time. Families should have enough supplies to remain self sufficient for up to 72 hours during or after an emergency event, a sample list of recommended items are highlighted below.

Emergency Survival Kit Items

  • Non-perishable food (canned goods, granola bars etc.)
  • Manual can opener
  • Bottled water (4 litres per person, per day)
  • Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Radio or crank radio (to listen to news bulletins)
  • First-aid kit
  • Candles, matches/lighter
  • Extra car keys and cash (including coins/cards for telephone)
  • Important papers (identification, insurance information)
  • Clothing and footwear (one change of clothes per person)
  • Blankets or sleeping bags (one blanket or sleeping bag per person)
  • Toilet paper and other personal supplies such as shampoo, hairbrush, tooth brush and toothpaste, soap and a towel and face cloth (one for each person)
  • Medication
  • Backpack/duffel bag (or something else to carry the emergency survival kit in, in case you have to evacuate)
  • Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
  • Playing Cards
  • Be sure to check the contents of your emergency survival kit at least twice a year to ensure the freshness of your food and water.
  • Ensure that all members of your household know where your emergency survival kit is located within your home.

Additional Information

It is very important to customize your emergency survival kit to ensure that everyone in your family has all the essentials to be comfortable for up to 72 hours after an emergency.

If you or someone in your household has a disability or special need, please take a look at the Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs at www.ontario.ca/beprepared for additional information on what to include in your emergency survival kit and family plan.

Ensure the needs of all members of your household are met when preparing your emergency survival kit. If you have babies or toddlers be sure to have sufficient diapers, bottled milk, formula/food, along with crayons and paper in your kit. These items will be important if you had to evacuate your home on short notice.

If you have pets at home, be sure to include them in your family emergency plan. Build a pet emergency survival kit and keep it with your family kit. For more information on how to prepare pets for emergencies please visit our website at www.ontario.ca/beprepared

For more information contact:

Emergency Management Ontario

Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services