Learn about ways to reduce the risk and impact of disaster

Visit www.GetPrepared.ca for more resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies

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.

Emergency Preparedness Week, (May 5-11, 2013) 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.  This special week is a national effort of provincial and territorial emergency management organizations, and Public Safety Canada.

Citizens are encourage to come out on May 10, from 2-5 p.m., to the parking lot at the IDA mall, to meet representatives from the RCMP, the Barriere and Chu Chua Fire Departments, the Ambulance, Search and Rescue, and the Barriere Emergency Support Services, to learn about their role in emergency response.

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

• Know the risks – Although the consequences of disaster 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.  We may need to get by without power or tap water.  Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.

Visit www.GetPrepared.ca for more resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies.