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Emergency Preparedness Week

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Emergency Preparedness Week

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place the first full week of May. This year, EP Week runs from May 5-11, 2013. 

EP Week is a collaborative event that includes federal, provincial, territorial and local emergency management organizations. 

While governments at all levels are working hard to keep Canada safe, everyone has a role to play to ensure they are prepared for an emergency.

Following an emergency, it may take time for first responders and emergency personnel to get to those who need help. EP Week encourages the people of Ontario to take three simple steps to become better prepared to face an emergency:

  • Make a Plan
  • Build a Kit
  • Be Informed

Step 1: Make a Plan

This plan should contain key information, such as where you would go in an evacuation, how you would get in touch with family members, and what information you should put together in advance, such as medical and identification documents, key emergency numbers, and instructions for turning off utilities.

Step 2: Build a Kit

 his kit should contain non-perishable food, water, and other provisions such as a flashlight and batteries to last three days. It should also have supplies tailored to the unique needs of each person -- such as extra medication, medical equipment, or food and water for your pet.

Step 3: Be Informed

This means learning about the hazards that impact your part of Ontario and how to prepare for them, as well as signing up for Ontario emergency notifications so you can get important information on threats in your area.

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