Pandemic Planning

2009 Thunder Bay & Area Pandemic Influenza Plan

If a pandemic happens, the City and the surrounding townships have developed plans to minimize the disruption to our communities and to minimize serious illness. A group of partners from different sectors of the community have worked together to develop these plans.

The Thunder Bay & Area Pandemic Influenza plan applies to the City of Thunder Bay and the following municipalities:

  • Shuniah
  • Neebing
  • Gillies
  • O'Connor
  • Conmee
  • Oliver/Paipoonge

Download a copy of the Thunder Bay & Area Pandemic Influenza Plan.


Pandemic planning in the District

Each district community has developed their own pandemic plan. To learn more, contact your local municipal office.


Pandemic planning at home

If a flu pandemic happens, some day-to-day services may be disrupted. Healthcare facilities, banks, grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and government offices may be affected because many employees are ill.  Also, you may not be able to get out of your home if you are ill or caring for a loved one.

Stockpiling essential supplies for you and your family is a good way to prepare for this possibility.

Health Canada has developed a pandemic guide for families to help plan for an emergency.

Click on the links below to learn more from Health Canada's guide:


Stock up on health care products

  • pain relievers/fever reducers (e.g. acetaminophen, ibuprofen)
  • cough & cold medicine
  • anti-diarrhea medication
  • fluids with salt & sugar
  • vitamins
  • stomach remedies
  • prescribed medical supplies such as glucose & blood-pressure monitoring equipment
  • tissues
  • thermometer
  • alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • equipment for people with disabilities
  • general first aid kit



Stock up on food and drinks

  • ready-to-eat canned meats
  • bottled water - at least 2 litres per person per day canned fruit & vegetables
  • dried fruit
  • soup
  • protein bars
  • cereal
  • granola
  • peanut butter
  • nuts
  • crackers
  • canned juices
  • tetra-packed milk or soy beverage



Stock on tools, equipment and supplies

  • flashlight
  • batteries
  • battery powered or wind-up radio
  • manual can opener
  • soap
  • garbage bags
  • toilet paper
  • candles, matches or lighter,
  • extra keys for car & house
  • cash and change on hand
  • a full gas tank in your vehicle
  • If applicable: feminine hygiene products, disposable diapers, diaper wipes (in the event of a water shortage), canned or jarred baby food/formula, pet food and water



Develop a care plan with friends and family

  • Discuss how you and your family with care for loved ones who are ill
  • If others may be brought in to care for ill loved ones, discuss what health supplies, special foods or other items they require
  • Add those items to your emergency supply list.
  • Make your own emergency health information sheet. Include:
    • blood type
    • allergies
    • pre-existing medical conditions
    • a list of current medications (type and dose) for each member of your household



Keep all of your prescription medications filled

  • If you or anyone else in your household takes prescription medication, don't wait until it is finished to get it filled. Try to keep at least a 30 day supply on hand at all times.



For Further Information

For all clinic schedules call the FLU LINE: 624-9082 or Toll-free 1-866-607-3337 (October through December). 
For Flu information or questions call: (807) 625-5900 or Toll-free I-888-294-6630.

Last Updated: 28/12/2017