Friday, May 8, 2009

Calgary Readies for Emergency Preparedness Week

This morning, Calgary’s Fire Chief Tom Sampson touted the need for families to be emergency prepared by assembling a 72-hour emergency kit.

Accompanied by police, EMS and The Salvation Army at Canadian Tire’s Macleod Trail south location, Sampson said that assembling contents for a 72-hour emergency kit is like investing in an insurance policy; "Only you’re investing in yourself and your family."

An emergency kit is essential to being prepared for an emergency he said, while displaying some of the essential kit items like candles, batteries and a flashlight.

Sampson said that 20 per cent of Calgarians polled, stated that they are prepared for an emergency – a number that isn’t nearly high enough.

“We’d like to see 80 or even 100 per cent of people prepared,” said Sampson.

Yvonne Borrows, The Salvation Army’s Captain, said “the more the public are prepared for an emergency, the better.” Her team provides relief and support in times of disaster to the public and first-line responders such as police and firefighters

The focus of the Canada-wide, 14th annual Emergency Preparedness Week, is to help people recognize that being prepared reduces risks when disaster strikes. An emergency kit will allow families to be better equipped during the initial days after a crisis while emergency responders are assisting the disabled, elderly and others that require urgent assistance.

The Calgary Fire Department has information on how to assemble a 72-hour Emergency Kit.

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