Ontarians Encouraged To Be Prepared
McGuinty Government Launches Emergency Preparedness Week 2011
Emergency Preparedness Week is the perfect opportunity for families across the province to ensure they are prepared in the event of an emergency.
This year, all Ontarians are encouraged to test their knowledge of emergency preparedness by visiting www.ontario.ca/beprepared and taking the Emergency Preparedness Challenge.
Emergency Preparedness Week takes place this year from May 1-7 across the country. It helps to increase awareness about the need for everyone to prepare themselves and their families to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours of an emergency such as a power outage or severe weather event.
- Forty per cent of Ontarians have an emergency survival kit but only 17 per cent have a family emergency plan
- The Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs is available in seven languages and in Braille in both English and French.
- The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act establishes the province's legal basis and framework for managing emergencies in Ontario.
“We know all too well that emergencies can happen at any time and often occur without any warning. Every Ontario family should be prepared to look after themselves for the first 72 hours of a crisis. Everyone should take the Emergency Preparedness Challenge and learn how to prepare their family for an emergency.”