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Emergency Preparedness Week May 6 - May 12, 2018


This is Emergency Preparedness Week across Canada, and the theme is "Be Emergency Ready"!

Emergency Preparedness Week is held annually in May, and is a time for us as Canadians to take stock of our level of personal preparedness and ability to respond and sustain ourselves during emergency situations.

This special week is rather timely, given our recent significant weather events - the high winds on Friday and the sleet/ice storm event a few weeks ago.  Thankfully, in both instances, there were only mild to moderate damages across the region.  

Natural disasters and other significant emergency events can happen anytime, anywhere, and we in Peterborough are certainly not immune to these events.  While these events may be beyond our control, there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face.

During this week, I encourage you to take concrete actions to be better prepared to protect yourself, your family, and your pets during emergencies.  Take time to check in with your neighbours as well.  Is there something you can do to help them prepare for emergencies?

It is important to:

Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks of your specific area in our community can help you better prepare. 

Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do, and how to communicate if you are separated during emergencies.

  • Water - two litres of water per person per day
  • - Food that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried food (be sure to rotate food in your kit and watch for expiration dates
  • - Manual can opener
  • Wind-up or battery powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • Wind-up or battery powered radio (and extra batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • A small supply of required medication(s), extra hearing aid batteries, or other required assistive devices 
  • Extra keys for your house and car
  • Cash, travellers' cheques and change
  • Copies of important family documents such as identification, insurance and bank record

    Visit www.getprepared.ca for more resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies.

 

Please do your part to "Be Emergency Ready"! Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better - both during and after a major disaster.