This is Emergency Preparedness Week

The week encourages Canadians to be prepared to cope on their own for at least 72 hours

Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face – whether natural or human induced.

This is Emergency Preparedness Week from May 4 to 10.  The week encourages Canadians to be prepared to cope on their own for at least 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.

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 disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you be better prepared.

• 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 supples.  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.

This week plan to take concrete actions to be better prepared.  Please do your part!  Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better – both during and after major disaster.  Get an emergency kit now – it can make a world of difference.

Barriere Emergency Social Services will have an emergency preparedness display May 9 between noon and 5 p.m. at AG Foods.  Please take the time to stop by and visit the displays.