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Plan. Prepare. Be Aware for National Emergency Preparedness Week

May 8, 2017 9:17 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

This week is National Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada and The City of Red Deer is asking residents: Are you prepared for an emergency?

This year’s national theme is Plan. Prepare. Be Aware. The annual campaign reminds people to follow three easy steps to prepare for emergencies:

  1. Know the risks in your community
  2. Make an emergency plan for yourself and your family
  3. Get a 72 hour emergency kit

“Emergencies can happen anywhere, in any season. Smalls acts today can have big impact if you are faced with a crisis,” said Karen Mann, The City’s Emergency Management Coordinator. “The Ft. McMurray wildfires last year resulted in the evacuation of nearly 90,000 people under stressful and uncertain conditions. Having an emergency plan and a 72 hour kit makes you and your family more prepared and less vulnerable if you ever have to evacuate quickly or shelter in place.”

Part of being aware is taking a proactive approach to staying informed. Citizens can register for Notify Red Deer as the easiest way to quickly get alerts from The City during emergencies. Users can choose whether to get alerts by text, email or phone call. Those who sign up during Emergency Preparedness Week will qualify for a draw to win a 72 hour emergency kit. Visit www.reddeer.ca/notifyreddeer.

A social media contest will also offer 72 hour emergency kit prizes on The City’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

For information on emergency preparedness and to sign up for Notify Red Deer visit www.reddeer.ca/getprepared.

For more information, please contact:

Karen Mann
Emergency Management Coordinator
The City of Red Deer
403-356-2490

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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