Emergency Preparedness Week is May 5-11: Is your family prepared for emergencies?

Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative that takes place annually during the first full week of May.  Emergency Preparedness Week encourages Canadians to take three simple steps to become better prepared to cope with a range of emergencies.

Be prepared – take the steps!EP week

  1. Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our region can help you be prepared.  Here in Halton, flooding, severe weather, technological or environmental accidents and power failures are all potential threats.
  2. Make a plan – Every household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and your family know what to do if disaster strikes. Remember to practice what to do in different emergency situations.
  3. Get an emergency kit – During an emergency, be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.  Check our Emergency Preparedness Guide for tips on how to make a kit. Make sure you plan for family members who may have special needs and don’t forget about your pets!

Preparing for an emergency is important and something the whole family can do. By taking the three steps, you can become better prepared to respond to a range of emergencies and help make Halton a more disaster resilient community.

You can participate in Emergency Preparedness Week 2013 by:

  • visiting halton.ca/beprepared or one of the displays that will be in the community that week
  • volunteering to help your neighbours, your parents or co-workers get prepared
  • purchasing or assembling an emergency kit
  • considering a volunteer opportunity at a local emergency response organization
  • following  Emergency Preparedness on Twitter for updates, and during EP week, special emergency preparedness hints and contests
  • taking Halton’s EP quiz online for a chance to win an Emergency Kit.

Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. Working together, we can ensure that Halton Region is not only one of best and safest communities in the country, but also the most prepared!

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on  Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”