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Be prepared for an emergency

By Contributor
April 21st, 2013

Emergency Preparedness Week is from May 5 – 11.

Organizers encourage Canadians to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while rescue workers help those in the most urgent need.

This special week is a national effort of provincial and territorial emergency management organizations and Public Safety Canada. In a country that borders on three oceans and spans six time zones, creating an emergency response system that works for everyone is a huge challenge.

That’s why emergency management is a shared responsibility and everyone has an important role to play.

As a partner in coordinating emergency preparedness, the Canadian Red Cross and the Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Social Services (ESS) are teaming up to encourage Nelson residents to come out and visit the special displays that will be set up at the Kootenay Co-op and at Wal-Mart on Sunday, May 5 and Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn about the role of the local Red Cross and ESS in emergency responses.

By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anywhere, any time.

It is important to:

• Know the risks – although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare

• Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do

• Purchase or Assemble an emergency kit – During an emergency, we will all need some basic supplies. We may need to get by without power or tap water.

Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours following a disaster.

Visit for more resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies. This week, we encourage you to take concrete actions to be better prepared.

Do your part!

Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way towards helping people cope better – both during and after a major disaster. Arrange for an emergency kit now – it can make a world of difference.


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