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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


Broken water pipe on Concession St

As you may be aware, there have been people working on a broken pipe on Concession most of the day. The water had to be shut off with the valve closest to the water plant, which means we have been using the water in the tower.  The work has been proceeding slowly on Concession, however we are hopeful that it will be done within the next few hours.

If the repair is not done before the water tower empties (and the Engineer has calculated that we still have 5 or 6 hours) – two things will happen.  The first is that there will be no water until the repair is completed and pressure is restored to the system .  When the system totally shuts down, a 48 hour boil water advisory is put in place. The crew is working hard to get the pipe fixed before we get to that point.

Should we get to the boil water stage, firefighters and volunteers will be knocking on doors to canvass each household after 8:00 p.m. tonight.

I will keep you updated as the evening proceeds.  Please call if you have concerns.

Robin Jones



Need a little good news today about the 2016 and 2017 Village budgets?

At last night’s Village of Westport Council mtg, there were discussions regarding both the 2016 and 2017 Village budgets.

The final numbers are in for the 2016 Village budget.  On a budget of approx $1.6million,  we came in with a deficit of $1,000.  Absolutely amazing work by Council, staff and the contractors.  Particular kudos to our Treasurer, Anne Marie Koiner, who worked with Council and put additional checks and balances in place mid-year.  Congratulations Team!!!!!!!  and thank you for your dedication in coming in on budget.

Council also spent considerable time on round #4 of developing the 2017 budget.  We are committed to bringing in a budget that has no frills, no unnecessary purchases and yet covers those expenses that are either in the interest of public safety, required to protect damage to infrastructure or required by law.  Round #5 will occur at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, February 21 @ 7:00 p.m. Please join us and hear the discussions first hand.

Some clarification regarding ongoing Village Budget discussions

The process this Council has adopted for developing the budget is to have several run throughs – line by line – of both the general and the capital budget.  The budget meetings are open to the public and in between meetings, there is lots of opportunity for council to consult with members of the community.  This past Monday night was our 3rd meeting to develop the 2017 budget and our 4th will be held on Monday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m.  All are welcome.  The meeting on Wednesday, February 1 @ 2:00 p.m. (referred to in Jan 26 Review Mirror) is to discuss and approve the contingency plan for managing the effluent in the lagoons this winter/spring. It is also open to the public, however it is not a budget meeting.

There are some areas in the general budget that will be reconsidered by Council on Feb 6 when another line by line review occurs.  The increases in staffing and marketing requested by the Harbour Committee will be part of the review. The draft capital budget was $60,000 by the end of round 3.  Funds required for road repairs are being researched and will be discussed on Feb 6.  Otherwise, we are likely getting closer to the capital budget for 2017.

I invite everyone to contact me or the Councillor of your choice if you have any questions about the budget.  The Village has many challenges that need to be addressed – new roof for the library, roads that are in dire need of attention, and of course the impact the warm weather has on the ability of the Snowfluent system to treat waste water.  At the same time, we are cognizant of the impacts of other rate increases and the cap & trade on monthly household budgets.  We are doing are best to take all of these factors into consideration.

You can call me at 613-273-9195 or email at rjones@villageofwestport.ca



Beautiful Morning for a Walk in the’Port

The Village is a busy place this morning.  In addition to the birds and critters, Desi and I met up with lots of people on our walk.  It is the quintessential winter morning – fresh snow, sunshine & blue sky and just below 0 degrees.  I want to send a big shout out to Craig, Jamie and the rest of the crew – roads and sidewalks are in great shape.  Thank you from all of us who head out every morning for fresh air and exercise.