First Responders’ Day & Emergency Preparedness Week: I am Ready. We are ready.

On Friday, May 1, Halton Region celebrated First Responders’ Day in partnership with the Halton Regional Police Service, Halton Paramedic Services, local fire departments and emergency management professionals. First Responders’ Day is a provincially designated day that gives residents across Ontario the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the sacrifices and hard work of our first responders who have devoted their lives to public services and safety.

First Responders’ Day also provided us with a great occasion to officially kick off the 2015 Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week, which runs from May 3 to 9 with the theme: I am Ready. We are Ready. This serves as a great reminder that emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. It is important to be properly prepared, and for residents, it only takes three simple steps.

Step 1: Know the hazards and risks in your area;

Step 2: Make a plan to protect your family in the event of an emergency; and

Step 3: Get a Family Emergency Go-Kit so that you and your family are self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

It’s also important to remember that some individuals may not have the support or capacity to properly deal with an emergency situation. In the spirit of this year’s theme I ask that all Halton residents take the time to reach out to neighbours, family and friends who may be vulnerable during an emergency to ensure that they are also properly prepared.

At Halton Region, we are also ready. Community safety remains a top priority. We work closely and collaboratively with our local partners to ensure we have the right plans in place, and we regularly test our plans to ensure we are ready to respond effectively in an emergency.

To celebrate EP week, Halton Region will have a series of staffed events and visuals displays set up a number of locations throughout the week for residents to visit. To learn more about dates and times of displays, or to find out more about what you can do to prepare for emergencies, please visit halton.ca/beprepared.