Although the City of Beaconsfield has done its best to guarantee the safety and security of its citizens, there is always the possibility that something along the lines of the Ice Storm of 1998 might recur. Under such circumstances the City would be unable to shelter and feed its entire population of more than 20 000 residents and it would fall on individual citizens to be self-sufficient until such time as the respective authorities geared up on a large scale to provide the necessary help and support.

Please consult the presentation on Civil Protection in Montreal - September 28, 2015 (PDF)

Self-sufficient kit

We ask that each family prepare for emergency by putting together a 3 to 6 day self-sufficient kit that is easily accessible and ready for use on short notice.

You will need the following items in your kit, all of which should be rotated with new stock regularly.

  • Food (non-perishable)
  • Manual can opener
  • Drinking water. Minimum of one gallon per person per day, which can include juices or soft drinks
  • Light sources (flashlights, candles, lanterns etc.)
  • Batteries
  • Medical kit
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Portable radio
  • Firewood or other heat supply
  • Matches (in waterproof container)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Child and infant supplies
  • Pet food and pet medication
  • Cooking fuel or propane for the barbecue (outdoors only)
  • Gas for vehicle and generator
  • Extra fuel for lanterns (use with caution)
  • Money or travellers cheques for three to six days (not more)
  • Snacks/treats
  • Games and entertainment
  • Generator (if possible)
  • Back-up pumping system (if needed)
  • Sleeping bags, blankets, warm clothing
  • Change of clothing and footwear
  • List of emergency telephone numbers
  • List of family & friends phone numbers
  • List of important documents and where to find them (passports, insurance policies, Health Insurance Card, etc.)

Communications in a Crisis

The City will attempt to provide as much information as possible during an emergency. News releases will be posted at municipal buildings and communicated to television and radio stations. Information would be delivered to all homes if needed. If you are leaving home, make sure that your neighbour or the municipality knows how to reach you. If you have identified yourself as a resident requiring assistance in case of emergency, it is essential to let the City know when you decide not to remain in your home.


An undertaking of this magnitude requires many volunteers. If you are interested in having your name added to the volunteer list, please call 514 428-4410.

You can help in registration, meals maintenance, general help, as a driver, for child care, entertainment, etc. Volunteers with special skills (medical, technical) or civil defence experience would also be needed.