Midhurst/May 3, 2017 – From May 7 to 13, the County of Simcoe is celebrating National Emergency Preparedness Week and reminds all residents to take steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency.
"You never know what Mother Nature may throw at us and Emergency Preparedness Week draws attention to the simple but potentially life-saving importance of planning ahead for emergency situations," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "From flooding to tornadoes to winter storms, we typically get hit with severe weather emergencies each year and our Emergency Management team continues to play a vital role in helping our communities prepare for disasters, while providing a wide range of programs and services to enhance our emergency planning and response protocols."
This year's national theme, as set by Public Safety Canada, is "Plan. Prepare. Be Aware." With this campaign, families and individuals across Canada are encouraged to take action to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. This theme highlights the importance of having an emergency preparedness kit and plan in place but specifically emphasizes the need to keep up to date on current conditions, like the weather, that might impact you.
- Every Canadian household needs to make emergency plans that identify what to do, where to go and how to contact family members if disaster strikes.
- Prepare an emergency kit that will allow your family to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours. You may need to live without power, tap water or natural gas until services are restored. Your family's emergency preparedness kit should include: Non-perishable food and bottled water, crank radio, flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, extra keys, copies of important documents, cash, clothing and footwear, blankets or sleeping bags, toilet paper and toiletries, medication, whistle, and playing cards.
- Know the hazards that can occur in our area: floods, tornadoes, severe winter storms, hazardous material spills, explosions, transportation accidents, widespread power failures and disease outbreaks. Use the news, social media or smartphone applications to be aware of power outages, and road and weather conditions in your area.
For more information about emergency preparedness in Simcoe County, visit http://www.simcoe.ca/beprepared
The County of Simcoe is composed of 16 member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.
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