This year, Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week is from May6th to 12th, 2012.
EP Week is a Canada-wide initiative to increase awareness about individual and family preparedness, emphasizing how the public can reduce the risks and consequences of an emergency by being better prepared.
Each year, thousands of Canadians face emergency situations that could forever alter their lives. It is important to have a plan in place before an emergency happens. Don’t be caught off guard!
The following suggestions, adopted from Emergency Management Ontario will help you and your family prepare in the event of an actual emergency:
Identify the risks in your community. The Township of Nipissing is susceptible to many different types of emergencies, including Wind Storms, Flash Floods causing Road Washouts and Rising Lake Level Floods, Forest fires, Public Health Emergencies, Blackouts, Transportation (HAZMAT) Accidents and even Tornadoes!
Walk around your house and property to identify dangers. Do you have unsecured material in your yard or loose braches high up in the trees that could have the potential to be hazards in a windstorm or tornado to your family or neighbours? Do you have sandbags and a supply of sand ready, if you live on or near areas prone to flooding?
Choose an out-of-area contact. Ideally, this person should be someone each member of the family can telephone or e-mail in case of an emergency. Be sure to choose someone far enough away so as not to be affected by a similar situation.
Decide on temporary accommodation. This could include a friend’s house or a motel, where you could take up a temporary residence (including your pets) in the event of an evacuation.
Print and read the 72 Hour Emergency Kit [PDF]. Each member of your family should prepare a kit, including storing enough water, food, medicine, money and clothes to comfortably survive for three days.
Website: 72 Hour Emergency Kit (link opens in new window)
Your family emergency plan should include your pets as they depend on you for their safety and well being. Click on the link below for more information about pets and emergencies.
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Public Safety Canada
Mobile device-friendly GET PREPARED website
This website gives Canadians access to information on the steps they can take to stay safe from anywhere, at anytime. The mobile site includes convenient features, such as emailing an emergency kit shopping list to family and friends. Site content was developed with input from Public Safety Canada’s “72 Hours” campaign partners, including the Canadian Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, and The Salvation Army, as well as provincial and territorial emergency management organizations.
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