Don’t Drop the Ball: Be Prepared for an Emergency

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Do you know the risks? Have an emergency kit? Have a family emergency plan?

An emergency can strike at any time and without warning. An emergency can be human-caused or natural.  In the past year alone, Edmonton has experienced flooding, storms, and major fires that have forced residents out of their homes.

National Emergency Preparedness Week is May 5 – 11, 2013. The City of Edmonton want to remind Edmontonians the importance of Emergency Preparedness and the role everyone plays in the event of an emergency.

You and your family should able to survive for at least 72 hours without power, water and heat. The City of Edmonton’s Office of Emergency Management recommends putting together an emergency preparedness kit that includes:

  • Water (2 litres per person per day)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Flashlight
  • Blankets
  • Battery Operated Radio

Your emergency kit should be organized, easy to find, and easy to carry in case you need to evacuate your home.

In partnership with ATCO Gas, the Office of  Emergency Management has produced an Emergency Management Guide.  The guide contains important information including key phone numbers, emergency preparedness tips, and a place to keep important family/emergency contact information.

Emergency Guides are available at City of Edmonton fire stationspolice stations, recreation centrespublic libraries, and City Hall. You can also download a copy of the guide. The guide comes in eight different languages and is used in 22 different communities across Alberta.

Attend Get Ready in the Park May 11

Learn how you can prepare for a major emergency and find out how the City of Edmonton and partner agencies work together in the event of a crisis at our sixth annual Get Ready in the Park event.

More than 25 exhibitors from municipal, provincial, federal, corporate and non-profit organization will be on hand to give you all the tools and information you need to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Sit in a helicopter, tour a fire truck, watch the search and rescue dogs in action and tour the various displays geared towards the whole family.

Although it is not always possible to avoid emergencies, we can be prepared.  Why not take the time get ready during Emergency Preparedness Week?

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About the Author
Teresa Marshall
Teresa works in the City of Edmonton's Corporate Communications branch. She assists with social media, and helps plan Emergency Preparedness Week.
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