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October 29, 2018
Set your clocks, check your stocks!

Prepare for winter by checking your emergency kit supplies when we fall back on November 4

When it’s time to change your clocks next week, use that extra daylight to check your 72-hour emergency preparedness kit.

Oxford County’s Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks campaign is reminding people to refresh their emergency supplies now before a disaster occurs. It is important to be prepared as this time of year can bring unpredictable emergencies, including ice storms and power outages.

Make sure your emergency stockpile has enough food, water and supplies to last you and your family for three days. Check that your kit isn’t missing any essential items and replace any expired food. If you have a new pet, don’t forget to add their food and a water bowl, too.  

Ensure your kit has a flashlight with working batteries and, as always, don’t forget to check the batteries in your smoke detectors. Remember, batteries should not go in your curbside garbage. Recycle old or leaky batteries for free at Oxford County Waste Management Facility or Woodstock’s EnviroDepot. Some community centres and municipal buildings also have battery disposal containers.

If you haven’t created an emergency kit yet, now is the time to create one. If you're not sure what to include, check out our full emergency supplies checklist,and read about the top 5 things to do now. Visit to learn more.


Dianne Marshall, Manager, Emergency Management, Oxford County

“Help your friends and family get prepared by reminding them to check that their emergency kits are up to date when they change their clocks. Neighbours helping neighbours keep our communities safe.”

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About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at


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