Being prepared can be the difference between life and death when disaster strikes. We can all try to do our best to put together the necessary tools it takes to be
prepared—but first we need to understand our own situation and then learn what to do to ensure our preparedness.
Picture yourself without power, telephone communication or even water and then think about the key items you need to remain safe. Please take the time to educate you and
your family, since registering for the VPR is only an additional part of your emergency preparedness efforts.
Watch this quick video created by Emergency Management Ontario:
Our local Canadian Red Cross branch has kindly extended their services to assist in educating interested VPR registrants on a one-to-one basis in being prepared for
emergencies. Canadian Red Cross will also provide interested registrants with an emergency kit (when available).
Interested registrants can contact the
directly in order to have their contact information referred to Canadian Red Cross. Canadian Red Cross will then
schedule an appointment that is convenient for both parties and will take place in the comfort of the registrant’s home. Interested registrants are contacted on a
first-come first-serve basis and depending on the volume may need to be added to a waiting list.
I allow the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre to provide the information I will include in my VPR registration form to local fire, police and paramedics for use
during emergencies. I understand that if I rely on electricity for life-sustaining equipment such as oxygen, my information will also be provided to PUC Services
Inc. and Canadian Red Cross for use during power outages. I know that it is important for me to ensure that the VPR program has accurate and up-to-date
information at all times. I understand that I still need to call 9-1-1 in an emergency and am also responsible for having an emergency plan in place in order to
be prepared to remain safe for at least three days. I recognize that the VPR does not guarantee my safety, but is an added safeguard where local emergency
service groups will make every effort to increase the possibility of my safety during emergencies.
I understand that if I am approved, my information will be available to authorized local emergency service groups within 45 days of receipt of my application.
I also understand that I will be notified of the date on which my information will be made available to those authorized emergency service groups. I further
understand that as part of the program, six-month updates are required using whichever method I have selected. I acknowledge that the VPR Coordinator will
make every effort over a two-month period to complete an update; however, if unsuccessful the VPR Coordinator can remove me from the VPR and I will be notified
accordingly. I know that I can request to be removed from the VPR at any time.
Only the registrant or legal guardian is legally able to authorize the choice to register. By clicking 'Accept' below, you are authorizing that you agree to the
above information and would like to register
Re-inventing the wheel can be costly, both financially and laboriously. With the VPR being the first-of-its-kind in North America, SSMIC is hopeful that we can assist other interested communities by providing the tools and knowledge needed to implement a VPR.
SSMIC launched the VPR on October 20, 2011 and completed the one-year pilot on October 20, 2012. Throughout its first year, an ongoing analysis was performed with a comprehensive evaluation set to begin immediately following the pilot.
From the evaluation, SSMIC will be able to refine the program and create an expansion package that will provide communities with a framework. Elements provided in the package may include:
Aside from tangible materials, SSMIC can also provide consulting services to help communities develop and implement a VPR. If you are interested in learning more,
please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705.942.7927 x3041.