Monday, May 4, 2015

May 3-9 is Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada

If an emergency or disaster happened today do you know what you would do to stay safe?

Emergency Preparedness Week is dedicated to helping share information on how to take care of yourself and your families for the first 72 hours of a disaster if you are not in distress. This allows first responders to assist those who need it most.

There are three easy steps to get prepared:

  1. Know the risks. In Calgary, we are subject to many kinds of emergencies and disasters. Disasters can be weather-related (flooding, hail, lightning, etc.), utility outages, hazardous materials release, civil unrest or pandemics. Listen to local media; follow authorities on social media, and sign up for the Alberta Emergency Alert app
  2. Make a plan. In the age of speed dial, many people don’t memorize important phone numbers. If you couldn’t access important numbers, how would you get in touch with your family? Discuss with your family how you will contact each other if disaster strikes when you are not together. Know what your children’s schools’ emergency plans are. Know your emergency plan at work. 
  3. Get a kit. Be prepared to take care of your family for 72 hours. Build a kit with enough supplies (food, water, first aid kit, radio, flashlight, etc.) to last at least 72 hours. Have your kit in a convenient place and keep it ready to go if you are asked to evacuate. You may be asked to stay in your home, but you may be without power or heat. 

More information on personal preparedness is available from The City of Calgary’s Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA).

Disaster Alley – May 9, 2015

You can get more preparedness information at Disaster Alley, Calgary’s largest preparedness event, hosted by CEMA. Join our Facebook event for updates and information.

Join first and other responders at McMahon Stadium on Saturday, May 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This fun, FREE family event features over 30 exhibitors like the Calgary Fire Department, Calgary Police Service, Alberta Health Services, ATCOGas, ENMAX, and many more.

New this year is a free Stampede breakfast to kick off Disaster Alley from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The Stampede Breakfast and Disaster Alley take place in the McMahon Stadium east parking lot.

To learn more about being prepared or about Emergency Preparedness week visit calgary.ca/cema or getprepared.gc.ca.

Submitted by Cara Katterhagen, Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA)

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