Canadian Red Cross

Canadian Red Cross

May 05, 2009 09:20 ET

Emergency Preparedness Week (May 3-9): Canadian Red Cross Encourages Preparedness for Health Emergencies

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 5, 2009) - Throughout the year the Canadian Red Cross, in collaboration with Public Safety Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, works with communities to ensure that they are prepared for disasters. This year during Emergency Preparedness Week the Red Cross is encouraging prevention and preparedness for all types of disasters, including health emergencies.

"The Canadian Red Cross believes that prevention and preparedness is crucial to mitigating the risk of health emergencies," says Canadian Red Cross National Director of Disaster Management Don Shropshire. "Simple prevention techniques such as regular hand washing and preparing and updating your family emergency preparedness plan can help Canadians keep their families safe."

For a natural disaster, Canadians are encouraged to make an emergency preparedness kit with enough non-perishable food, water and both prescription and non-prescription medication for 72 hours. However, during a health emergency, where people may be ill at home for several days, Canadians are encouraged to prepare kits for up to two weeks.

Additional health emergency preparedness recommendations are:

- Store health and cleaning supplies, such as disinfectants, tissues, a thermometer, disposable gloves, soap and alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

- Update your emergency contact list so that you can reach family members.

- Talk to your employer about your company's emergency plan and the option of alternate work arrangements if needed.

- Talk to your child's school or daycare regarding their emergency plan for disaster, health emergencies and pandemics.

For more information about how to prevent and prepare for natural disasters and health emergencies, including the H1N1 flu, or to purchase a Red Cross emergency preparedness kit, please visit or contact your local Canadian Red Cross office.

The Canadian Red Cross supports national and local health authorities with emergency preparedness and response activities. In the event of a large health emergency or pandemic, the Canadian Red Cross is ready to provide support to communities based on agreements with various public authorities and the current needs. This may include supporting public messaging on prevention and preparedness or providing direct support to Canadians who are unable to leave their homes during the emergency.

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