Civil security

Emergency management in Val-des-Monts

Keeping up to speed during emergencies

The Municipality of Val-des-Monts is committed to informing its citizens through various means if an emergency arises. Please consult the Municipality’s website and its Facebook page regularly for real-time updates on the situation.

Municipal emergency-response plan (MERP)

The Municipality of Val-des-Monts has an emergency response plan designed to improve its preparedness for possible incidents on its territory. The MERP has two objectives :

  1. Encourage discussion on how to coordinate our response efforts in an emergency.
  2. Determine procedures that can be easily adapted to our Municipality and that recognize both the range of possible emergencies and the resources at our disposal.

Because most every emergency has a distinct character, the MERP serves as a tool rather than an end unto itself. A safe, logical, experience-based approach is a must.

Val-des-Monts’ emergency-response coordinator and Municipal Council have assembled a special team to detect vulnerabilities across the Municipality and to incorporate measures that help us act effectively and decisively during incidents and emergencies the Municipality might face, be they foreseeable or not.     

To consult the Emergency Response Plan (in French) , click on the link below :


Are you properly prepared for emergencies?

The symbol below is recognized internationally, and it identifies rescue workers and emergency shelters that go into action during emergencies or disasters :

The following information and advice will help you prepare for and contend with various emergencies so you can better protect yourself and your loved ones.

Make a Household Emergency Plan

In the event of an emergency or a natural disaster, first responders may not arrive in your area immediately. You are therefore primarily responsible for your safety. The best way to prepare for such an eventuality is to have a household emergency plan :

  • Always have an emergency kit on hand that contains the essential items needed to meet the basic needs of household members for 3 days.
  • Draw up a list of the names and contact information of the persons you will need to reach in the event of an emergency (family members, daycare, school, municipality, etc.).
  • Prepare a household evacuation plan, determine where family members are to gather and conduct evacuation drills. If you live in a building with an elevator, be sure to use the stairs, even during drills.
  • Learn how to turn off the water, electricity and gas (if applicable).
  • Determine the route you will take to leave the neighborhood in the event of an evacuation. Determine an alternative route in the event that certain roads are impassable.
  • Make an inventory of your property, and include proofs of purchase, photos or video. Store these documents with copies of your home and automobile insurance policies in a safe place outside your home (such as your workplace, for example).
  • Contact your insurer to verify your home insurance coverage  . The majority of home insurance policies cover damages caused by natural phenomena such as hail, lightning, wind storms or tornadoes.

If You Must Leave Your Home

Depending on the gravity of the situation, your municipality may ask you to evacuate your home or stay indoors for your safety. If the authorities ask you to leave immediately, follow the instructions given by your municipality.

If the authorities have not provided any evacuation instructions, it is up to you to decide whether to leave or to stay in your home during the event in question.

Before leaving, pack essential items for all members of your family :

  • Medications;
  • Personal hygiene items;
  • Extra clothes;
  • Blankets;
  • Money;
  • Identification documents;
  • Car and house keys;
  • Milk, bottles and diapers for infants;
  • Electronic devices and accessories for connecting them;
  • Items for the wellbeing of family members with special needs.
  1. Place your pets in a safe location.
  2. Lock the doors of your home.
  3. Close the gas valve solely if instructed to do so. Only the gas company can restore service, which could take a certain amount of time.
  4. Avoid travelling on flooded roads either on foot or in a vehicle. If you must use a vehicle, drive carefully and do not hesitate to abandon it if the engine stops suddenly. 
  5. Before leaving, verify road conditions   on the Québec 511 website or by calling 511.
  6. Use the route indicated by your municipality.
  7. Inform your family and the municipality where you intend to take shelter.

Prepare an Emergency Kit to Keep at Home

At home, always have on hand an emergency kit (stored in a backpack or bin) containing the items that household members will need to make it through the first 3 days of an emergency situation. Your emergency kit should be stored in an easily accessible location. Verify its contents annually and replace the batteries and bottled water as needed.

Below are the 7 essential items you should have in your emergency kit :

  • Drinking water (6 litres per person);
  • Non-perishable food (for at least 3 days);
  • Hand can opener;
  • Battery-operated radio and replacement batteries;
  • Headlamp or flashlight and replacement batteries or a wind-up flashlight;
  • Lighter or matches and candles;
  • First aid kit containing antiseptics, analgesics, adhesive bandages, sterile gauze pads, scissors, etc.;

Prepare an Emergency Kit to Keep in Your Vehicle

Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle in the event of a breakdown, an accident or as a precaution during the winter season.

If you become trapped in your vehicle :

  • Call 911;
  • Stay calm and remain in your vehicle;
  • Turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights;
  • Limit the use of your vehicle’s battery by alternating between using the lights, heater and radio;
  • If it is dark out, turn on the vehicle’s cabin light in order to be visible to first responders;
  • Move your limbs to stimulate blood circulation and avoid falling asleep;
  • Be alert to symptoms of hypothermia.

If you must turn on the vehicle’s engine to keep the cabin warm, follow the rules below to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning :

  • Make sure that nothing is blocking the vehicle’s exhaust pipe (snow, etc.);
  • Crack the window on the side opposite to the wind before starting the engine;
  • Allow the engine to run about 10 minutes every 30 minutes.

Before leaving, verify road conditions   on the Québec 511 website or by calling 511. If road conditions are difficult, leave only if it is absolutely necessary.

Prepare as a person with special needs

If you are a person with special needs, the consequences of an emergency may be greater because of, for example, your dependence on electrical power to operate certain equipment essential to your well-being. By doing simple things now, you can prepare for your specific needs. 

Emergency kit

In an emergency, you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

You may have some of the items already, such as food, water and a battery-operated or crank flashlight. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Would you be able to find your flashlight in the dark?

Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. Keep it in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front-hall closet. If you have many people in your household, your emergency kit could get heavy. It’s a good idea to separate some of these supplies in backpacks. That way, your kit will be more portable and each person can personalize his or her own grab-and-go emergency kit.

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