Emergency Preparedness Week: Is your family prepared?

Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face – whether natural or human-induced.

In the event of a major emergency or disaster, there will likely be a period of time where normal emergency services are interrupted, which means it may take emergency workers some time to get to you. Emergency Preparedness Week, from May 7 to 13, encourages Canadians to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while rescue workers help those in urgent need.

By taking a few simple steps today, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere. It is important to:

  • Know the risks: although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare
  • Make a plan: it will help you and your family know what to do
  • Get an emergency kit: during an emergency, we will all need some basic supplies to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours

Learn more about how you can get prepared for an emergency.