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May 05, 2008 15:04 ET

Minister Day Launches Emergency Preparedness Week by Announcing $5 Million for Emergency Preparedness In Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 5, 2008) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, launched Emergency Preparedness Week by announcing that the Government of Canada is giving $5 million to the provinces and territories to support emergency preparedness through the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP).

"Emergency Preparedness Week is a reminder of the unpredictability of emergency situations and the importance of being prepared," said Minister Day. "With this funding, our government is taking action to strengthen emergency management overall as we continue to work with our local partners to help keep Canadians safe."

Through JEPP, each year the Government of Canada provides financial support for approximately 400 local emergency preparedness projects, such as the purchasing of emergency response equipment, training, and emergency management planning. JEPP projects are used to enhance and strengthen local emergency management capacity, and to ensure a reasonably uniform emergency response and recovery capacity across Canada.

As part of Emergency Preparedness Week, Minister Day also attended a search and rescue demonstration by Toronto's Heavy Search and Rescue (HUSAR) team. The demonstration provided an opportunity for the HUSAR team to showcase its search and rescue techniques. Local search and rescue capacity is an important part of effective emergency preparedness. In November 2007, the Government of Canada announced $2 million to Toronto HUSAR. In addition to Toronto, four other jurisdictions - Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax and the Province of Manitoba currently have or are developing HUSAR capacity. Public Safety Canada provides national leadership for HUSAR development with additional financial support through JEPP.

Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event that occurs the first week of May to increase awareness about individual emergency preparedness so that Canadians can reduce the risks and lessen the consequences of emergencies. This year marks the 13th anniversary of Emergency Preparedness Week, a national campaign coordinated by Public Safety Canada in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments and other partners. This year's theme is "72 hours - Is your family prepared?" Canadians are encouraged to be ready to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency. This will enable first responders to focus on those in urgent need.

For more information, please visit www.publicsafety.gc.ca. For practical steps on how to prepare for emergencies, visit www.getprepared.ca .

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863
    or
    Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657