May 1-7, 2016 is National Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada. This year, the theme is Plan. Prepare. Be Aware.
The City of Red Deer encourages all residents and families to follow three easy steps to prepare for emergencies:
- Know the risks in your community
- Make an emergency plan for yourself and your family
- Get a 72 hour emergency kit
“People who are prepared for emergencies can be less reliant on first responders and other government and non-profit services when disasters occur,” said Karen Mann, Emergency Management Coordinator for The City of Red Deer. “Preparedness does not have to be costly or take a lot of time. It can be done as a family in ways that are both fun and effective.”
The theme this year also aims to get residents thinking about how they can access timely, accurate information before, during and after an emergency event. Monitoring the weather, understanding severe weather watches and warnings and downloading the Alberta Emergency Alert (AEA) app are all great ways to stay informed.
“Somebody once told me that Emergency Preparedness is a team sport,” said Mann. “You cannot create a strong, resilient community with one person. It is something we are all a part of and every resident, business and organization can play an important part.”
Information on how residents can be prepared for and informed about emergencies is available at www.reddeer.ca/getprepared.
For more information, please contact:
Red Deer Emergency Services
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer