National Emergency Preparedness Week in Fredericton

May 2, 2016 - Are you prepared in the event of an emergency?  What impact would an ice storm, blizzard, power outage, fire, flood, or other disaster have on you and your family? Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada is May 1 – 7, 2016 and this year the City of Fredericton is encouraging citizens to take three simple steps to become better prepared to face emergencies – know the risks; make a plan; get an emergency kit.

Emergency Preparedness Week, coordinated by Public Safety Canada, is an opportunity for all levels of government and the public to work together in raising awareness around the need to be prepared during emergencies.  In an emergency, first responders will likely be dealing with those most affected.  Officials estimate citizens should be prepared to take care of themselves and their families for a minimum of 72 hours. This year’s theme, ‘Plan. Prepare. Be Aware.’, highlights the importance of having measures in place but also emphasizes the need to keep up to date on all conditions, like impending weather, that might impact how to best handle an emergency.

During Emergency Preparedness week, families are encouraged to learn more about how the emergency system works in Canada and to prepare a basic emergency plan. The key is to know the risks, have a plan and prepare with an emergency tool kit ready to handle most any situation, natural disaster or emergency. 

Over the next week, the City will be offering up helpful tips so citizens are more prepared to take action to protect themselves and their families during emergencies.  To learn more about the key items needed to stock your emergency tool kit, ways on how to conserve your mobile devices battery lives, and more efficient or successful forms of communication during times of emergency, visit 
http://www.fredericton.ca/en/citygovernment/EmergencyPreparedness.asp or follow the City on Twitter - @CityFredGov or like the City’s Facebook page at facebook.com/CityOfFredericton