2016 Personal Emergency Preparedness Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

The purpose of this health indicator report is to provide information about measures that households in Halton Region have taken to prepare for an emergency or disaster.

Background

Emergencies, such as severe weather events, flooding, and power outages, can occur at any time. It is important to always be prepared for emergencies or disasters. Halton Region has a 72 Hour Personal Emergency Preparedness guide outlining personal and family preparedness actions such as having an emergency kit and family communications plan. For further information about emergency preparedness, please visit Halton Region’s Emergency Preparedness webpage.

This health indicator report uses data from the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS).

Key Findings

Overall Findings and Trends Over Time

  • In 2016, 58% of households in Halton Region reported having taken steps to prepare for an emergency or disaster, and 42% had not.

Municipality

  • In 2016, households in Oakville were more likely than households in Milton to report having taken steps to prepare for an emergency or disaster, however, this difference was not statistically significant.

Income

  • In 2016, the percentage of Halton households that reported having taken steps to prepare for an emergency or disaster increased as income increased. These differences were statistically significant when comparing households in the high income group to households in the low income group.

Stockpiling for Emergencies

Overall Findings and Trends Over Time

  • In 2016, 74% of households in Halton reported having set aside a three-day supply of non-perishable food, 59% reported having set aside a three-day supply of bottled water, and 62% reported having set aside money in small bills, loonies, and toonies, in preparation for an emergency or disaster.
  • In 2016, of Halton adults who require essential medications to keep healthy, 97% reported keeping a three-day supply of essential medications on hand.

Municipality

  • In 2016, households in Halton Hills were more likely than households in all other municipalities to report that they had set aside non-perishable food for an emergency that will last for at least three days, however, these differences were not statistically significant.
  • In 2016, there were no statistically significant differences by municipality in the percentage of households in Halton that reported having set aside bottled water for an emergency that will last for at least three days, or money in small bills, loonies, and toonies.
  • In 2016, there were no statistically significant differences by municipality in the percentage of Halton adults who require essential medications who reported keeping a three-day supply of medications on hand.

Income

  • In 2016, there were no statistically significant differences by income in the percentage of households in Halton that reported having set aside non-perishable food that will last for at least three days, or bottled water that will last for at least three days, or money in small bills, loonies, and toonies.
  • In 2016, there were no statistically significant differences by income in the percentage of Halton adults who require essential medications who reported keeping a three-day supply of medications on hand.