Emergency Preparedness Week is May 1st to 7th so this is the time to make your own plan in the event of a disaster. For preparedness, protection, and management we all have a role to play. Here are some guidelines:
• Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours during an emergency. Have a basic understanding of first aid and safety and ensure that you own an emergency kit.
• Get familiar with the risks in your area, and the steps you can take to reduce the impact of disasters.
• Personal preparedness is a key way that individuals can help with the response to emergencies. If most citizens are selfsufficient, first responders and others can focus on assisting those in need.
• Local fire, police, paramedic, and search and rescue teams are normally the first to respond to an emergency. They are responsible for managing most local emergencies as part of the municipal emergency plan.
• Non-profit and non-government organizations (NGOs) play very important roles in emergency management, including disaster prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Some examples include the Canadian Red Cross, St. John Ambulance and The Salvation Army. These organizations, together with dedicated volunteers, work in partnership with governments to help Canadians deal with emergencies, from providing first aid training to disaster relief.
• Every province and territory has an emergency management organization (EMO), which manages large-scale emergencies and provides assistance to municipal or community response teams as required. EMOs fulfill an important role in support of first responders and municipalities.
• Federal departments and agencies support provincial or territorial EMOs as requested. They also manage emergencies that involve areas of federal jurisdiction, such as nuclear safety, national defence and border security.
More information is available at www.GetPrepared.ca.
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