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Emergency Preparedness Week

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Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces, territories and partners.

Emergency Preparedness (EP) is everyone's responsibility. Some individuals may not have the support or capacity to deal with emergencies. Reach out to neighbors, family and friends who may be vulnerable or unable to support themselves during an emergency.

Visit the Public Safety Canada website for additional information and resources including the 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Guide (PDF). 

Tips for Emergency Preparedness

By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies. 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 will help you be better prepared.
  • Make a plan: Being prepared ahead of time will help you cope with an emergency more effectively and enable you to make a faster recovery.
  • Prepare a kit: Assemble an emergency kit with items to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours of an emergency. Ideally you will have a 72 hour basic emergency kit, vehicle emergency kit and if required, a pet emergency kit. Kits should be checked at least once each year and a good time to do this is during EP week.