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Premier Launches Emergency Preparedness Week

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Premier Launches Emergency Preparedness Week

Unveils New Emergency Preparedness Patch For Girl Guides

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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today unveiled a new emergency preparedness program to hundreds of Girl Guides from across the province as part of Ontario's kickoff to Emergency Preparedness Week.

"An emergency can happen in any of our communities at any time -- if that happens, we need people to be prepared, calm and ready to do their part," said Premier McGuinty. "So, I'm very pleased that Girl Guides across Ontario will be making sure their families are prepared."

The Premier was also joined by Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Monte Kwinter and Commissioner of Emergency Management Julian Fantino.

The theme for this year's Emergency Preparedness Week, which runs from May 7-13, will be "Prepare Now! Learn How!" The focus will be on ensuring that families across Ontario are prepared to respond to emergencies.

"For almost 100 years, Girl Guides have been learning to 'Be Prepared' and the new Emergency Preparedness Challenge will support our Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders and Senior Branches girls as they develop new skills," said Marnie Cumming, Provincial Commissioner for Ontario Girl Guides. "Knowing that you can deal with tough situations builds confidence in our girls. These skills are valuable not only for our members, but also for their families and communities."

"Ontario's municipalities are prepared for emergencies, and Emergency Preparedness Week gives us an opportunity to reassure citizens that Ontario remains safe and secure," Kwinter said. "All levels of government have an important role to play in emergency preparedness and response, but ultimately emergency preparedness starts with the individual."

"Knowing the risks and developing practical plans can help reduce fear and aid in recovery from an emergency situation," Fantino said. "Although focused on personal preparedness, Emergency Preparedness Week also carries messages for business owners, municipal officials and utility operators."

One way the government has helped Ontario's communities prepare for emergencies is by encouraging them to adopt preparedness and emergency response programs. Currently, all municipalities have plans in place.

"Our government is working with Ontario communities to make sure we are ready to handle any emergency, and we're counting on people in each and every household to do their part," said Premier McGuinty. "Our province has a strong tradition of coming together in a crisis and by being prepared, we're better able to protect each other's health and safety in any emergency."

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